•Jeb Bush: ”I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all,” he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, per NBC’s Perry Bacon.
•Ted Cruz: ”Indiana is giving voice to millions of courageous conservatives across this country who are deeply concerned about the ongoing attacks upon our personal liberties. I’m proud to stand with [Indiana Gov. Mike Pence], and I urge Americans to do the same.”
•Marco Rubio: ”The issue were talking about here is should someone who provides a professional service be punished by the law because they refused to provide that professional service to a ceremony that they believe is in violation of their faith? I think people have a right to live out their religious faith in their own lives,” he said on Fox News, according to NBC’s Emily Gold.
•Scott Walker: ”As a matter of principle, Gov. Walker believes in broad religious freedom and the right for Americans to exercise their religion and act on their conscience,” per a spokeswoman.
It's early yet. But despite claims by prohibitionists that the legalization of marijuana would lead to countless additional highway deaths, we can finally start to look at the data. It's only been (almost) four months, but I felt like looking up if traffic fatalities in Colorado really have taken off since January 1. I surprisingly couldn't find anything using a well-known search engine, so I went to the CO Dept. of Transportation website, which publishes this sort of data, and began typing numbers into a well-known spreadsheet program. Without further ado...
This is a republication of a diary I did a while back. It's not about JFK's death but his life.
Born just after his passing, I have always struggled with trying to understand the man as a regular human being; his iconic status is so overwhelming that his image automatically produces emotions that come in the way of objectivity. While we have all repeatedly seen several more famous snippets of his life (particularly his inaugural address, his speech in Berlin, and the Zapruder tape), I think it is helpful to watch and listen to him in some of the less famous recordings of him, of which I present a small selection below. Hope you enjoy.
Marco Rubio, darling of the right (or RINO, depending on who you ask) is trying to thread the needle by sponsoring immigration reform that would boost his credibility in a presidential general election while not destroying his chances in a GOP primary. To that end, he has created a website inviting supporters to tell he and his staff what suggestions they have to improve his proposed legislation. They have received 147 comments so far, and, needless to say, it's ugly.
It's time to choose. This website has officially been secular from its beginnings, with any and all discussions of individual religions, whether positive or negative, actively encouraged. But it's time for us to choose an official religion, as some of the best ones are already being taken.
I'd like to be the first to make a suggestion, and the suggestion I have is that we choose to be:
That's right, that old and storied religion practiced by some of the world's foremost philosophers, scientists, and comedians. The members of this community would not have to be Jewish (you wouldn't even have to really like Jews all that much), but all would benefit from the site adopting Judaism as its official religion in many, many ways:
Well, he didn't use those exact words. But in an ABC video interview out today, Rand Paul outlined his vision for the next Congress. In discussing (at the 45s mark) the fairness of raising taxes on the rich, he tells Jonathan Karl:
Are rich people paying their fair share? Well, they're paying about half of their income. What's enough?
Wow, 50%. Half of their income. That's actually a pretty healthy number. And the Democrats are trying to raise it even higher? And they deny that they are socialists?
While Rick Scott continues to deny an extension of voting hours, the Miami-Dade Elections Dept. just announced that between 1 and 5pm voters can vote using in-person absentee ballots. I just got this email from the Obama campaign:
HUGE news: Absentee in-person voting will be open today in Miami-Dade County from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
If you haven't cast your ballot yet, you can vote at the Miami-Dade Elections Department today. Forward this email and pass this important voting information along to anyone else who should know:
With the President busy with New Jersey and New York since Monday, and back on the campaign trail today in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Nevada, he declined to respond to Donald Trump's final $5 million offer. Trump had originally set the deadline for Obama to submit his passport and academic records to be 5pm yesterday, but extended it until today at noon (EST) in consideration of President Obama's duties related to Hurricane Sandy.
John Hagee, whose ministries are heard in 99 million homes weekly, has launched what he calls the 40 Days of Prayer. It is a call to conservatives across the country to form prayer groups that will be charged with praying to the Lord to cleanse our country of Barack Obama. The daily prayers are to begin next week, on September 28.
We are talking about an large, organized effort aimed at turning President Obama out of office, based on the power of prayer influencing God to intervene in a presidential election.
Oh noes! Conservative Super PACs are going to spend $500 million on attack ads, which may turn the race upside down in the stretch. Or so we've heard.
But if all you have is crap to sell, it doesn't matter how high your pile of it is. It's still just crap. Here's a new ad from the "Campaign for American Values PAC", a pro-Romney Super PAC running ads (this one apparently costing over $28,000 to "create" and produce) in swing states.
Remember, this is an effort to help Mr. Romney win:
Rut roh. Trouble in the Deep South, coming out of the world yet again of some of the most anti-gay Republicans in the country. Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll has been accused by a former employee of having had sexual contact, had lived with, and had a traveling affair with a woman who worked in her office (Jennifer Carroll is married). The Miami Herald:
Cole’s motion, filed in response to the state’s efforts to keep some records sealed, portrays a dysfunctional office where Carroll’s aides frequently recorded conversations and the lieutenant governor pushed for a website where fans could follow her. It also says Steve MacNamara, former chief of staff for Gov. Rick Scott, viewed Carroll as a “loose cannon,” in the words of the filing.
But its most sensational anecdote concerns Cole inadvertently walking in on what she believed to be a sexual encounter between Carroll and a female employee.
An article in The New York Times Magazine (July 6) "Zoo Animals And Their Discontents" by Alex Halberstadt, raised this question: do animals think and feel? A number of scientific studies has shown ...