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Sat May 23, 2015 at 12:23 PM PDT

Praise for Joy of Fishes

by 43north

Reposted from 43north by P Carey

A short diary, praising the kindness, dedication, compassion, and steadfast good spirit who is known here as Joy of Fishes.
More may be forthcoming from others Kossacks.
I'll merely remark that she is a role model for what true friendship is.
She's a credit to this community.

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Reposted from Crashing Vor by P Carey

Oh, certainly he has an exploratory committee. Who doesn't? Got one myself, somewhere around here.

He's talking it over with his family and the Almighty. He's giving the idea quiet contemplation in meditative spots like DC and Iowa and Kansas. (A great deal of quiet contemplation; he spent half of last year out of state in such ashrams.)

But he knows he'll never be president. That's not what he's doing.

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Reposted from LGBT Kos Community by Louisiana 1976
A Louisiana state senator took to the state senate floor to rake Governor Bobby Jindal over the coals for issuing the executive order after the 'license to discriminate' legislation failed in committee in the Louisiana state House. She believes that it will hurt Louisiana's tourist industry (her district includes New Orleans).

From Towleroad:

Karen Carter Peterson, a Louisiana state senator who represents the New Orleans area, took to the senate floor ahead of Gov. Bobby Jindal's "religious freedom" executive order earlier this week to set the record straight on Jindal's self-serving plan to circumvent the legislature and enact the discriminatory measure himself.

"Now we've heard him talk about how he feels about executive orders, but those are at the federal level. He don't like those. But today it's okay to just ignore the House and the clear rejection of something that's just not good for our state. He didn't even have the courage to testify before the House, but he wants to roll out a press release saying what he's going to do through executive action. But guess what he did have time to do? To start running commercial, not here in New Orleans, or Baton Rouge, or Monroe - he ran a religious freedom commercial in Iowa. Are you kidding me? Why don't you roll some commercials out on how to fix this nightmare that you've created right here in Louisiana? This is ridiculous."

Here is Bobby Jindal's commercial

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Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by P Carey
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) (L) and Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to
Republican Sen. David Vitter (left)
On behalf of the conservative website The Hayride, GOP pollster MarblePort Polling gives us a glance at the Oct. 24 jungle primary. Like pretty much everyone, they find Republican Sen. David Vitter and Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards looking good to secure the top-two spots and advance to the Nov. 21 general. They give Vitter and Edwards 38 and 27 percent respectively, with GOP Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne pretty far back with 15, and Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle bringing up the rear with 6.

These results are very similar to a recent Southern Media and Opinion Research poll, which also showed Edwards easily beating Dardenne for the second place spot. Given how Republican Louisiana has become in the last few cycles, it's hard to see Vitter losing a runoff to Edwards, though a Republican versus Republican contest between Vitter and Dardenne (or less likely, Vitter and Angelle) could be very interesting.

The gubernatorial field looks pretty set, but there's still one potential wildcard out there. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré has been considering the race, and he tells LaPolitics that he's still thinking about it. Honoré rose to prominence during Hurricane Katrina when he led the relief effort to New Orleans, and he shouldn't struggle for name recognition. In recent years, Honoré has decried the oil industry and opposed fracking, but his environmental positions haven't turned him into a Democrat: Honoré says if he runs, he'll likely do it as an independent.

It's possible that if Honoré gets in, he'll take enough Democratic voters away from Edwards to allow Dardenne to advance to a runoff with Vitter. However, MarblePort took a look at a hypothetical five-way jungle primary and found the opposite outcome. Vitter is still clearly in front with 34, while Edwards leads Dardenne by a wider 26-13. Honoré starts off making very little impact, taking only 7 to Angelle's 6.

MarblePort argues that because Honoré does so well among independents, he takes swing voters away and keeps someone like Dardenne from expanding his support. This is just one early poll and things could change, especially if Dardenne or his allies run some ads reminding Democratic voters that they have a lot in common with Honoré. But right now, a Vitter-Edwards runoff continues to look like the most likely scenario.

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Wed May 20, 2015 at 10:24 AM PDT

The Jack Boot's on the Other Foot

by Crashing Vor

Reposted from Crashing Vor by P Carey

Bobby Jindal has put conservatives in a bind.

In his desperation to break into the single digits among GOP primary candidates, he decided to ignore the state legislature's decision to table his beloved Freedom to Make Teh Gays Bake Their Own Damn Cakes Act and simply accomplish the bill's aims by fiat.

This will surely play well among those conservatives who put their religion before all else, including law. There is one small problem, however: a number of his persuasion, himself prominent among them, have made many summers' worth of hay decrying "King Obama" for his use of executive orders.

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Reposted from Steven Payne by Louisiana 1976
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) at CPAC 2013.
Louisiana today killed the latest iteration of those bone-headed "religious freedom" bills popping up in states who think it's fine and dandy to bar gay people from getting goods and services like normal people. The bill had big businesses such as IBM warning that Louisiana would likely see a similar outraged backlash such as recently occurred in Indiana.

Brave Bobby Jindal didn't care. You see, he desperately needed to exploit this as a bold accomplishment to his extremist base in his futile run at the presidency. He is hopping mad.

"We are disappointed by the committee's action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar.  We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.

"This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman."

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson who is totally psyched that the governor will reject this tempered approach to a welcoming Louisiana in favor of good ol' fashioined fundamentalist fanaticism. Way to be, Bobby!

Of all the ridiculous things for states to be focusing on, this issue takes the wedding cake. Failing harder will not get the constitution to read differently on matters of discrimination.

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Tue May 19, 2015 at 05:00 AM PDT

These Guys 6: Little Brother

by Crashing Vor

Reposted from Crashing Vor by P Carey

Well, another season of campaigning is upon us, and that can only mean...

Another season of These Guys!

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Fri May 15, 2015 at 10:55 AM PDT

Funk Friday - Jon Cleary

by NCTim

Reposted from An Ear for Music by P Carey

You are in for a treat today.

Jon Cleary  is a funk and R&B musician based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was originally from Cranbrook in Kent, England, and has studied for the past 20 years the musical culture and life of New Orleans.  Cleary is an accomplished pianist as well as being a multi-instrumentalist, a vocalist and a song-writer.

Jon Cleary performs with a number of music luminaries including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Burdon. Compositions by Cleary have been recorded by notable musicians including Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt.

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Reposted from Doctor Jazz by Louisiana 1976

Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory provided a stunningly revisionist view of history in comments defending the teaching of creationism in public schools. In typical Republican fashion he attempted to throw some doubt into the settled facts of science, but I don't think even Republicans saw this one coming. It should be noted that the legislature was debating a bill to repeal the euphemistically titled Louisiana Science Education Act, a law that allows creation to be taught side-by-side with evolution.

There was a time, sir, when scientists thought that the world was flat. And if you get to the end of it, you’d fall off.

There was another time when scientists thought that the sun revolved around the world.

And they always thought to ensure that anyone who disagreed with their science was a heretic! People were burned for not believing that the world was flat. People were really badly treated.

My point, sir, is that not everyone knows everything. And, in a school, there should be an open exchange of ideas. Knowledge only grows when people can talk about and have this intellectual back-and-forth, this discourse, with all ideas on the table. To restrict ideas is against knowledge and it’s against education. Therefore, at the appropriate time, Mr. Chairman, I move that this bill be involuntarily deferred. Source: The Friendly Atheist

Now at one time, in the darkest of ages, the prevailing belief among the uneducated may have been that the Earth was flat, just like at one time being a barber/surgeon was a real profession. But the thing about real scientists is that they question everything and when, through the process of observation, experimentation and peer review, evidence is discovered and proven to be fact, that contradicts previously held beliefs, they adapt their thinking and add the new fact to the body of accepted scientific knowledge.

Scientists do not and did not burn those who believed the world was flat. That was the job of Christians. What Senator Guillory does is replace the word Christians with the word scientists, perhaps thinking no one would notice. Fortunately Sen. Jean-Paul J. Morrell, D-New Orleans, was there to politely rebut his colleague's ignorance, ending with a quote from the brilliant Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Just a quick addendum to my good friend Sen. Guillory’s comments. Actually, you talk about the world being flat and not the center of the universe? [It was] Galileo and it was the Church that locked him up for nine years for advocating that theory.

So, although I appreciate your comments about [how] there are alternative theories, when you look at history, oftentimes, when science pushes the envelope, the leading person to lock that person up, is oftentimes religious leaders. And, at the end of the day, I think when you talk about a fair exchange of ideas, as long as those ideas are based in fact, I think you really don’t have a problem. At the end of the day, we want to have a logical discourse about things that are provable.

I want to say a quick quote that I’ve been saving for this measure. It’s from Neil deGrasse Tyson, who I’m sure many of you are familiar with: The good thing about science is that it’s true whether you believe in it or not.

And with that, I make a substitute motion to report the bill favorably.

Republicans continue to provide proof that God could not exist.
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Fri May 08, 2015 at 07:36 AM PDT

The Food Is in the Mail (Again)

by Crashing Vor

Reposted from Crashing Vor by P Carey

Wow, did you know tomorrow is National Babysitters Day? It's also Miniature Golf Day, Lost Sock Memorial Day and Stay Up All Night Day (waking lost socks, presumably).

It's also my favorite holiday, one that really is about giving, and caring and making the world, or a least a few people's world, a better joint.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, is the 23rd annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive, when your friendly postal pals will come to your house and pick up your sealed, non-perishable food items and deliver them to your local food bank, community pantry or feeding center.

Helping the nearly fifty million food-insecure Americans (many of whom you may know, though they might not let on) couldn't be easier unless you could reach right through your computer screen and give to your food bank from your chair (which is also an option).

The NALC food drive is about the easiest, most effective way for YOU to make a difference in the lives of your fellow citizens who don't have enough to eat. So, get up now, grab a bag, go to the pantry and help stock your community kitchen. Now. We both know you'll forget later, so just take care of it now and put the bag by the door so you'll remember tomorrow.

Thanks. Your chow can make someone's day. So do it.

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Reposted from MOT - Morning Open Thread by P Carey
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Reposted from Kerry Eleveld by Louisiana 1976
State Rep. Mike Johnson (R) explains his religious freedom bill
Louisiana state Rep. Mike Johnson (R) defends his religious "freedom" bill
Republican state Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana has laid out the goals of his "Marriage and Conscience Act" (HB 707) pretty clearly in a new video intended to defend the bill. Johnson highlights three stories in which a baker, a wedding photographer and the owners of an event venue were penalized for, he says, "politely refusing" and "respectfully refusing" to provide wedding services to same-sex couples. Just to clarify, that's known as discrimination to anyone who doesn't think they should have special rights based on their belief in God.

Zack Ford details what Johnson says next:

“It’s stories like these that have compelled us to introduce the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act,” he explains. “This new law, if enacted, would protect a Louisiana citizen or business from being punished by the state simply for abiding by their sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage.”

In other words, Johnson wants to ensure that the kind of discrimination that has been outlawed in other states can continue in Louisiana.

Exactly. It's a bill that Gov. Bobby Jindal is clinging to as his last great hope for generating enthusiasm around a potential presidential bid.
HB 707 was the only bill Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) specifically identified as a legislative goal in his State of the State Address last month. “I absolutely intend to fight for the passage of this legislation,” he said, explaining. “I think we can all agree that the government should never force someone to participate in a marriage ceremony against their will.”
Can we please lay the "participation" ruse to rest? When someone "participates" in a wedding, you don't pay them. The exchange of money is what separates participation from a business transaction.

In any case, here's what the law really does, via Equality Louisiana:

•Non-profit organizations, like adoption agencies, could not lose their tax exemptions or state contracts for discriminating against same-sex couples.

•Employers may not be sanctioned or pay a tax penalty for denying employee benefits, including the same partner benefits employees in different-sex marriages enjoy.

•People who work for the state may not be disciplined or face consequences on the job for discriminating against individuals whose marriages they do not agree with.

•Professionals accredited, licensed, or certified by the state may not be sanctioned by accrediting bodies for refusing services or discriminating against clients.

•Businesses and individuals may not be disadvantaged in any other way by the state, even if they deny services or privileges to customers.

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