Time was, Big Dog was going to win this thing for Obama. Now, it's Big Bird instead.
- Yet another embarrassing action by the homophobic, theocratic Boy Scouts:
Ryan Andresen has spent a decade completing the requirements for the coveted Eagle Scout award, and now that he is just about to turn 18 -- the cut-off date for attaining the highest honor -- his Boy Scout troop won't approve it because he is gay.Yep. In the world of the Boy Scouts, bullies can get badges just fine. The people they bully? Not so much. "Duty to God" and all that.
His project, a "tolerance wall," was inspired by the years of hazing he endured in middle school in Moraga, Calif., and later at Boy Scout summer camp, where his nicknames were "Tinkerbell" and "faggot."
"I had I had no idea what gay was at that point," said Andresen, who described hazing that included, among other rituals, having the word "fag" written in charcoal across his chest.
- No, really:
When women are given access to birth control at no cost, the rate of unintended pregnancies and abortions among them drops dramatically, according to a new study published on Thursday in Obstetrics & Gynecology.You mean, when women have easy access to medication that will prevent pregnancies, pregnancies are prevented? What a shock!
The Contraceptive Choice Project, conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., enrolled 9,256 women and teens from 14 to 45 years of age in the St. Louis area between 2007 and 2011. The participants were all uninsured, low-income, or otherwise determined to be at risk for unintended pregnancy.
- For those keeping score at home, conservatives seem to think that President Obama is a lazy, shiftless and stupid black man who somehow has the capacity to arrange a wholesale conspiracy to fudge the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report while leaving absolutely no evidence of ever having done so. Because, logic!
- Steve Doocy is insane:
Fox News co-host Steve Doocy on Friday suggested that Pennsylvania state lawmaker Babette Josephs (D) should not use U.S. currency that includes the words “In God We Trust” because she has said that she does not pray in public.Remember that Doocy is the same jackass who wondered if the 47% percent deserve to be able to vote.
During a Pennsylvania House State Government Committee meeting on Wednesday, Josephs had declined to lead the Pledge of Allegiance because it included the words “under God.”
“Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it’s a prayer,” she explained. “I don’t pray in public.”
Some good news out of Los Angeles County. California just implemented online voter registration, and according to a release, about 60% of those who registered to vote in the county in the first week of its availability registered as Democrats:
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) reported that in the first week of online voter registration being available in California almost 60% of all those in LA County registered with the Democratic Party, and announced the next phase of the Party's outreach efforts focusing on spreading the word about registering to vote by mail onlineThis number may not seem hugely important because Los Angeles is a blue county--but as of a month ago, Democratic voter registration in the county was a shade over 50%, which would make 60% of new registrants being Democrats a huge improvement.
Eric C. Bauman, LACDP Chair and Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party said, "I'm proud to announce our new public awareness campaign to heavily push online vote-by-mail registration, because even a small increase in Democrats voting by mail will help us re-elect President Obama and Senator Feinstein, pass Prop 30, beat back Prop 32, make major gains in the State Assembly and Senate and put the Speaker's gavel back in Nancy Pelosi's hands."
According to LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan, approximately 50,785 voters registered online during the first week of availability, 30,340 of which registered as Democrats.
- A sane Republican? Who knew?
DENVER, Colorado — A Republican Congressman has broken with his party and announced his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a key piece of legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT individuals in the workplace.A Republican who doesn't think being gay makes you unqualified to exist? Radical!
“I don’t believe we ought to be discriminating against people for their private lives,” Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) explained to ThinkProgress outside Wednesday’s presidential debate. “I’m a businessman. When you walk in the door, if you’re able to do the job and you’re focused on your job, that’s all that’s important."
- The New York Times annihilates Romney's claim of being a successful bipartisan governor.