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At a recent town meeting in Randallstown Maryland, Pastor Robert J. Anderson of the Colonial Baptist Church demonstrated his Christian love while sharing the stage with Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance.

The take away moment is here.

Knowing the righteous judgment of God that those who practice such things are deserving of death. Not only do the same … for those who also approve of those who practice such things.’ If we don’t vote against it, then we are approving these things that are worthy of death.
And here's the reponse from the Maryland Marriage Alliance to the well-deserved uproar this caused among civilized people.
Deana Bass, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said Anderson’s comments were being taken out of context and that they were in no way a suggestion that gays and lesbians should be harmed.

“What he was saying was that men and women of faith should stand up for what they believe in and vote against Question 6,” Bass said.

Any attempt to paint McCoy or the alliance as a group that believes gays should be harmed was a distraction, Bass said. The real issue was that people who were expressing their faith were under attack and being called bigots, she said.

Ah, thank you Ms. Bass. Saying we are worthy of death and getting called out for it is a distraction. Mmmmm hmmmmm. Nothing to see here. Move along.

What else is happening in Maryland, you ask? Well let me tell you. It seems that in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties absentee ballots mailed out from the Maryland State Board of Elections are missing the second page. What would be on that second page? Why Question 6, the marriage equality measure of course.

The Maryland State Board of Elections Deputy Administrator Ross Goldstein confirmed that some absentee ballots in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are missing the second page.

He says the state is investigating what happened but stresses it’s a small number.

It's not important enough to concern our pretty heads over. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Let's now mosey over to Washington State and see what the bigots there are up to.

Same sex marriage, if it makes you a bit uncomfortable (child's voice) maybe it's because you know better. If we ignore or allow our morals to be manipulated by others, then they're not our morals. We respect the freedom of other, but they're trying to bully me (children's voices) by law to abandon my beliefs. Discriminating against a tradition that has stood the test of time, generation after generation. They can't ignore design. We wouldn't have generations without man and woman, husband and wife. And the two shall be as one. (Child's voice) Even the law can't change that.
Nice. If our argument is utter bullshit, let's get some angelic children's voices to camouflage our bigotry. And let's not forget to turn logic entirely on its ear and claim we're the ones being bullied. Nothing to see here. Move along.

There's plenty more ugliness coming from the bigots in their desperation to keep any of the state marriage equality measures from passing. They know this will be a turning point for them. Losing just one of these battles will completely derail their favorite argument before the courts that every time a marriage equality measure has come before the people, their side has never lost. However this time around we stand a very good chance of winning and forever the turning a corner towards equal rights for all. When that happens, what do you think they'll have to say about that? Even though it will prove a devastating blow to their cause, they won't be able to admit it publicly. Even though it will prove that Americans are losing the stomach for hate, losing their stomach for narrow-minded moralizing, losing their stomach for denying equality to their fellow Americans, the reality won't be acknowledged.

Once again it will be: Nothing to see here. Move along.

October 24 2012

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October 23, 2012

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  1) Testify MinstryofTruth! by TBone Apollo — 187
  2) Romney; Obsequious and Unfit to be President by JCPOK — 151
  3) Thank You Very Much, Secretary Reich by JekyllnHyde — 151
  4) Is that you dad? by lawstudent922 — 146
  5) Not mentioned is that an 8 year old by blue aardvark — 139
  6) Note that to even get to Syria, Iranian troops by Sirenus — 124
  7) NC may be tough but worth fighting for.   by TomP — 120
  8) This seeming incompetence by tytalus — 115
  9) Willard Mitt "Don Quixote" Romney by JekyllnHyde — 114
10) That's Bad....When Glenn Beck Turns Against You by snapples — 113
11) I noticed that by ncps — 111
12) I just posted a diary with Richard Wolfe basically by Carlo408 — 109
13) Mitt Romney's "Me too" strategy = Epic Fail by MinistryOfTruth — 108
14) Why is the wrong date on these... by Giles Goat Boy — 107
15) If you follow that to its conclusion... by Praxxus — 102
16) Vicious cycles by Robert Reich — 101
17) BREAKING: by Ray Radlein — 100
18) Not alone by Robert Reich — 97
19) This oughta be on the rec list. by Timaeus — 97
20) This really was the most astounding by lipris — 94
21) Clear loser: Journalism. by earicicle — 88
22) What the heck?  So Mourdock is saying rapists are by HoundDog — 86
23) Yes, expressed beautifully. by susan in sc — 86
24) I saw that segment and applauded and cheered by wishingwell — 83
25) It's a vicious cycle. by HugoTilapia — 83
26) LOL thanks by MinistryOfTruth — 79
27) But didn't hear about the secret tunnel by NeverThere — 79
28) Down ballot, coat tails by ontheleftcoast — 79
29) Militarism by Robert Reich — 78
30) Now I'm going to do some shameless by hungrycoyote — 78

October 23, 2012

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GOTV Blogathon - October 23-26, 2012

Diary Schedule - All Times Pacific

Lawmakers, political activists, and union leaders have taken time from their round-the-clock, get-out-the-vote schedules to join us this week.  Click this link for additional details, guest bios, and a complete lineup including among many others, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Van Jones, Secretary Robert Reich, and Governor Howard Dean.  

Do you have any links for closely contested Congressional races in battleground states?  If so, post them in the comments section of diaries written by our guests. More details here - Links for the DK GOTV Blogathon! Got Any Online Phonebanking Links for Close Races?

The blogathon is being organized by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Onomastic, rb137, JekyllnHyde, boatsie, and adviser Meteor Blades.

  • Tuesday, October 23

1:00 pm: GOTV Blogathon: Your vote really DOES Matter (Just Ask the City of East Palo Alto, California) by shanikka.

3:00 pm: The Seduction of Cynicism by Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

  • Wednesday, October 24

7:30 am: United Citizens vs Citizens United by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

11:00 am: GOTV Blogathon: A Vote for Our Nation’s Health by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry.

12:00 pm: Election 2012: The Great Vision Divide by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

1:00 pm: House Democrats Will Make You Proud by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

5:00 pm: Van Jones.

  • Thursday, October 25

9:00 am: Senator Franken.

11:00 am: AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker.

1:00 pm: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

2:00 pm: SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina.

Eliseo Medina was confirmed as our guest after our announcement diary with pictures and bios was posted last Sunday. Medina is described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most successful labor organizers in the country" and "was named one of the "Top 50 Most Powerful Latino Leaders" in Poder Magazine. The International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Medina also leads the union's efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that rebuilds the nation's economy, secures equal labor- and civil-rights protections for workers to improve their wages and work conditions and provides legal channels and a path to citizenship."
3:00 pm: Rep. Barbara Lee.

4:30 pm: Governor Jennifer Granholm.

  • Friday, October 26

6:00 am: Senator Reid.

11:00 am: AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler.

Noon: Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva.

1:00 pm: Tammy Duckworth.

3:00 pm: United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodríguez.

5:00 pm: [TBA].

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