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Originally posted at Eclectablog.com.


Shoot 'em?

Teana Walsh, an assistant Wayne County, Michigan prosecutor posted this on her Facebook page after watching images of protesters and rioters in Baltimore following the homicide of Freddie Gray:

So I am watching the news in Baltimore and see large swarms of people throwing bricks, etc at police who are fleeing from their assaults ... 15 in the hospital already. Solution. Simple. Shoot em. Period. End of discussion. I don’t care what causes the protestors to turn violent...what the “they did it because” reason is...no way is this acceptable. Flipping disgusting.
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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

On Monday of this week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer Mitchell Quinn shot and killed 20-year old Detroiter Terrance Kellom. The killing took place during a raid conducted by a multi-jurisdictional task force with Detroit police called the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team to serve an arrest warrant on Kellom who had violated his parole. The warrant was issued after he fled last August while on probation for a 2010 concealed weapons violation. He was also wanted on a four-count warrant as a suspect in the armed robbery of a pizza driver and has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement.

Police say they went to Kellom's home, presented an arrest warrant and were let in by his father Kevin. Inside, they say, they found Kellom brandishing a hammer and Quinn, who is also black, shot and killed him.

Kevin Kellom tells a far different story. "They brought my son down the stairs and executed him in my face," he said today during his first public comments. "My son died with a clenched fist, no hammer. My son reached for me and was shot twice in the chest. [After that], eight more shots rang out."

Kellom's father also claims he never saw an arrest warrant until he returned from the hospital where his son was pronounced dead. When he arrived at his home, he found an arrest warrant left by police and time-stamped three hours after his son was shot to death.

Sorta makes you wonder why they even have tasers, doesn't it?

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.com.

There is a great deal of speculation on how the Supreme Court will decide the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that will likely decide once and for all whether or not same-sex marriage bans at the state level are constitutional or not. Yesterday, they heard two and half hours of oral arguments, an unusually long session (most are only an hour.) It's often difficult to read how the justices are leaning, particularly with justices like Justice Anthony Kennedy - generally considered the swing vote on this case - who is known for asking hard questions to attorneys on both sides. So, we'll just have to wait until late June to find out.

What interested me most about yesterday's arguments was the performance of the team that was arguing on behalf of the state of Michigan. As I wrote about earlier this month, despite having over 100 attorneys on his staff, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette went out and hired a private attorney to do his dirty work for him in front of the Supreme Court justices. Many have speculated that, if the SCOTUS rules against him, he didn't want that loss on HIS hands.

Yesterday, that attorney, John Bursch of Schuette’s former employer Warner Norcross & Judd, presented essentially one argument and that is that the state's compelling interest in marriage is to create a bond between children and their biological parents. His justification that this argument compels states to ban same-sex marriage is that by not doing so, the state would create a situation where marriage is so devalued that it will result in more children being born out of wedlock.

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

After the owner of Indiana pizzeria Memories publicly declared she wouldn't make her pies for same-sex weddings, she raked in well over $800,000 from a GoFundMe.com fundraiser. Eager to get in on the action, or at least to share the limelight and maybe be interviewed on Fox News, Michigan bigots are now oozing out from the rocks under which they live to be larger-than-life idiots in front of cameras.

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

When the owner of Memories Pizza in Indiana recently told reporters that she would refuse to bake pies for wedding receptions if the couple were gay or lesbian, the story went viral. Lawrence Billy Jones III set up a GoFundMe page to "relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith" and he encouraged supporters of the homophobic pizza makers to "go 'like' and combat the leftist hatred expressed on Dana's [Facebook] page."

The response was overwhelming raising, as of today, $842,442. Memories Pizza has closed up shop and the proprietors have been suitably rewarded for their bigotry.

In response to this, Lori Pimlott-Calvin and her wife Jill Calvin of Royal Oak (pictured here with Lori on the right, Jill on the left) created their own GoFundMe page called "Pizza lovers for marriage equality!"

Although their fundraiser is just getting started, they have already raised almost $1,400. All of the proceeds will go to support National Marriage Challenge and the legal team fighting for marriage equality in the U.S. Supreme Court this month and beyond.

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

Michigan's Bigot-in-Chief, Attorney General Bill Schuette, has put forth some pretty remarkable excuses for his crusade to ensure that same-sex couples cannot marry or adopt children together. For example, he suggested that marriage in our state is for regulating sexual relationships to make babies, news that came as a HUGE surprise to Michigan couples who cannot or choose not to have children but marry anyway.

Schuette has also argued that Michigan voters decided this over a decade ago so that's that and we don't need to consider whether or not opinions have changed or even if the ban actually violates the U.S. Constitution.

But, in a brief filed with the Supreme Court on Thursday, Schuette makes his most laughably ridiculous and Orwellian excuse yet. According to Schuette, and I am not making this up, keeping our same-sex marriage ban in place is important for preserving the dignity of the same-sex couples who are denied the right to marry.

Follow me after the orange squibbledigibbet for more.

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

My Eclectablog post yesterday ("Anti-trans* woman uses Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to sue Planet Fitness for terminating her membership") which I cross-posted here at Daily Kos, provoked a response from the so-called "Christians" at RenewAmerica.com today.

The piece is written by Ellis Washington, a founding board member of Salt and Light Global, and is titled "Salt and Light Global targeted for defending woman expelled from Planet Fitness". In it, he accuses me and Daily Kos of being "anti-Christian".

Read some of Washington's tirade after the orange squibblediggibet.

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

Earlier this month I wrote about a woman in Midland who had her Planet Fitness membership cancelled because she spent her days in their gym warning anyone who would listen that Planet Fitness had a "No Judgment Zone" policy that permitted a transgender woman to enter the women's locker room. Keep in mind that their locker rooms have private changing stalls and their toilet stalls have doors on them. But the presence of a "man" in the locker room was simply too much for Yvette Cormier who then returned every day the following week to "warn" women about Planet Fitness's horrible policy of tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance.

Planet Fitness told her to knock it off, she didn't, so they revoked her membership. Done and done.

Now a legal group with ties to an extremist right wing Christian group is suing Planet Fitness on behalf of Cormier for their policy and they are invoking - I'm not kidding here - the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. According to the suit filed by the Kallman Legal Group, Planet Fitness is guilty of invasion of privacy, two counts of sexual harassment, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract. The sexual harassment and retaliation charges are, according to them, direct violations of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act because Cormier is a woman.

You can read the entire complaint HERE where they comically claim that Planet Fitness's policy "enabled and encouraged possible criminal activity."

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One year ago today, my wife Anne and I spent an extraordinary day at the County Clerk's offices in Washtenaw and Oakland counties in Michigan, watching as some of the 300+ same-sex couples were legally married for the first time in our state's history. You can revisit that day with us in the post (HERE) that we put up featuring many of Anne's outstanding photographs.

We even got to see Judith Levy, the first openly-gay federal judge in the 6th Circuit Court perform the first ceremony of the day in Washtenaw County:

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

Ya gotta admit, it's terrific clickbait, though, right?


Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a piece titled "Obama suggests requiring everyone to vote". It was total clickbait that went nuts on Facebook. Other media outlets followed suit but it was the WashPo piece that went viral. And it's pretty provocative, right? I mean, what sort of dictator would take away your hard-earned patriotic right to not vote? We didn't send men and women to war for that! Here in the greatest nation on earth we have the liberty and freedom to not exercise our franchise and no dictator is going to take that away from us.

I'll bet they got some serious traffic from that headline. Unfortunately, it's a complete misrepresentation of what President Obama actually said. He was, in fact, responding to a reporter's question about limiting the amount of money spent in our elections and the corrosiv

Follow me after the orange squibbledigibbet for what he actually said, taken directly from the official White House transcript of the President's remarks.

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

Amy has been doing a terrific job of letting the world know how regressive our state is becoming with regard to the use of religious beliefs to deny health care, adoption, and other services based on the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Michigan. What's not often mentioned is the humiliation that is endured by those who are faced with this discrimination when they are told they aren't good enough to receive the service they are looking for. This humiliation compounds what are often life and death situations.

The Satanic Temple of Detroit has a solution to this problem that would allow those being discriminated against to avoid this assault on their dignity: force businesses and organizations to post their discrimination policies publicly. They have a petition asking for this language to be added to the RFRA legislation:

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Originally posted at Eclectablog.

A man who bravely goes by the name of Nunya Beeswax online went for an "open carry walk" in southeastern Michigan and prompted a lockdown of the Lamphere High School in Madison Heights. Police are aware of the guy who is known for doing provocative things to get attention. In this instance he "started in Royal Oak, and he walked quite a ways to Madison Heights and then walked back". That's not all he did. He filmed the entire encounter with police officers and attempted to enter the school a municipal building.

Let's role tape after the orange squibbledigibbet.

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