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Monthly Archives: May 2007
A transsexual has won the right to have her Inter and Leaving Certificates [basically, high school diplomas] amended to reflect her new name. The woman who was registered at birth as male and suffers from Gender Identity Disorder changed her name by deed poll. For employment purposes she wanted her state examination certificates to reflect the gender with which she identifies.
The State Examinations Commission originally refused, however after she brought a complaint of discrimination under the Equal Status Act the case was settled.
Niall Crowley CEO of the Equality Authority said the case reflected an important breakthrough.
Shakers who regularly read my posts will know that I have a very positive view of the situation for LGBT folks in the Republic of Ireland.
That’s not to say, however, that our tiny island doesn’t harbour its share of bigots and homophobes.
A Democratic Unionist Party member is under pressure to apologise for allegedly saying he is “repulsed” by gays and lesbians.
Ian Paisley Jr made the comments to Hot Press magazine and is quoted as saying: “I am, unsurprisingly, a straight person and I am repulsed by gays and lesbians.”
He also went on to say “those people harm themselves and – without caring about it – harm society”. However, he said, “that doesn’t mean to say that I hate them. I hate what they do.”
New Hampshire joins the growing list of states that recognize civil unions.
Gay couples in New Hampshire can start applying for many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage as early as January under a law Gov. John Lynch signed Thursday establishing civil unions.
“We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead in opposing discrimination,” Lynch said. “Today that tradition continues.”
Couples who enter civil unions will have the same rights, responsibilities and obligations as married couples. Same-sex unions from other states also would be recognized if they were legal in the state where they were performed.
Legislators who gathered for the bill signing packed the governor’s chambers and overflowed into an adjoining sitting room. They snapped photos and burst into applause as he signed it.
“I’ve listened and I’ve heard all the arguments,” said Lynch, a Democrat. “I do not believe that this bill threatens marriage. I believe that this is a matter of conscience and fairness.”
My only problem is that all of the states that have recognized civil unions are in places where they still have winter. C’mon, Florida, join the gang!
So many Fort Lewis soldiers are being killed in Iraq the Army base will no longer hold individual memorial services.
Starting next month Fort Lewis says it will hold one memorial a month for all the dead soldiers.
Fuck this war. Fuck this president. Fuck the entire Congress who won’t fucking end it.
And fates save the troops.
…for better or for worse. It has been reported that the Flying TB Patient is a 31-year-old lawyer from Atlanta named Andrew Speaker. And that his father-in-law is a microbiologist who conducts research on tuberculosis for the CDC. Of course.
This guy flew home through Canada and then drove into the US to avoid being detained by Customs officials. Like, you know your disease is so dangerous that they won’t even let you on a plane, so you just, like, go to Canada.
Multiple-drug-resistant TB is a frightening thing, especially when it finds its way into prisons, poor countries or the body of someone without some seriously kickass health insurance to cover the years of daily drug doses, and even then, the survival rate is not comforting. So, yeah…this guy’s kind of a douche, no?
As go tales told out of school about President Deludednutz, this one is fairly alarming:
The White House sees terrorists as born, not created by history, bearing the mark of Cain, not the mark of circumstance. There is a scarlet “T” written on their foreheads at birth and the only answer is to destroy them. This kind of thinking, of course, relieves the thinker of any responsibility for the presence of the insurgent-terrorist-whatever in our innocent midst.
…But by all reports, President Bush is more convinced than ever of his righteousness.
Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated “I am the president!” He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of “our country’s destiny.”
Wow. Sanity has left the building.
Lauren: We Got Your Punk Rock Sex Symbols Right Here (NSFW. This is literally the exact post I was going to write, including song and text! I love you, Lauren.)
Christopher Tassava: Peace, Love, and Understanding
Richard Blair: Negotiating With “Terrorists”—Again
Please feel free to use as a blogwhoring thread, as always…
[Spudsy here, just sneaking in a quick post from internship exile during the lunch hour.]
Bill O’Reilly confirms what we’ve been saying all along:
O’REILLY: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you’re a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you’ve got to cap with a number.
MCCAIN: In America today we’ve got a very strong economy and low unemployment, so we need addition farm workers, including by the way agriculture, but there may come a time where we have an economic downturn, and we don’t need so many.
O’REILLY: But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don’t know, I don’t know. We’ve got to cap it.
MCCAIN: We do, we do. I agree with you.
So, to Bill, the “immigration debate” boils down to “Don’t fuck with my white male privilege.” Nothing is more important than white, “Christian” males getting everything. And McCain couldn’t agree more.
Wow, a Republican presidential candidate is actually admitting that white male privilege exists? Has the world gone topsy-turvy?
Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) has an op-ed in the New York Times wherein he tries to explain why he raised his hand at the GOP debate when the candidates were asked which of them did not believe in evolution.
The premise behind the question seems to be that if one does not unhesitatingly assert belief in evolution, then one must necessarily believe that God created the world and everything in it in six 24-hour days. But limiting this question to a stark choice between evolution and creationism does a disservice to the complexity of the interaction between science, faith and reason.
The heart of the issue is that we cannot drive a wedge between faith and reason. I believe wholeheartedly that there cannot be any contradiction between the two. The scientific method, based on reason, seeks to discover truths about the nature of the created order and how it operates, whereas faith deals with spiritual truths. The truths of science and faith are complementary: they deal with very different questions, but they do not contradict each other because the spiritual order and the material order were created by the same God.
In other words, evolution is fine as long as you acknowledge the fact that everything, including the theory of evolution, was zapped into existence by a supernatural being. Those are the terms, and anything outside of that is heresy.
Rove protégé Tim Griffin, who replaced Attorneygater Bud Cummins as Eastern Arkansas’ US Attorney, has resigned.
Michael Teague, a spokesperson for Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), commented: “His departure from the US Attorney Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas is a positive development and the Senator is looking forward to having credible leadership restored there.” Ouch!
But don’t weep for Griffin, who looks to land on his feet: Presumed GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson’s campaign is already “in talks” with him about taking a top job with the campaign.
Of course they are.
From Jeffrey Goldberg’s great piece in The New Yorker, “The Republican Implosion,” comes this passage about the erstwhile exterminator who survives like a cockroach, Tom DeLay:
Earlier this year, he published a memoir called “No Retreat, No Surrender” (his spokeswoman says that he was not stealing from Bruce Springsteen, and that the phrase has been used many times throughout history, including by the Spartans and as the title of a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie), in which he claimed that as a young congressman he would on occasion drink ten to twelve Martinis at a time. In this period, he earned the nickname Hot Tub Tom. Then he found Jesus and, he said, stopped sinning. In the book, he freely confesses to committing adultery. “I had put my needs first,” he told me. “I was on the throne, not God. I had pushed God from His throne.”
Jeepers. I don’t believe I can concisely convey the depth of my belief that evoking a Jean-Claude Van Damme film in one’s defense is indicative of a huge, gaping, black void where one’s morals should be.
Ditto on claiming that finding Jesus means one stops sinning.
For Mr. Shakes, who loves Top Cat because he’s “a tootally cool cat, dood!”
Melissa: Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime
Melissa: Plame Was Covert at Time of Leak
Melissa: Freddy Got Fingered
Mustang Bobby: Second Thoughts
Wolfie: The Consequences of Actions
Melissa: Wednesday Blogwhoring
Waveflux: Not Caring about Hillary
Waveflux: Morons Who Put Other People in Danger
Mustang Bobby: Great Moments in Military History
Waveflux: MySpace/News Corp Buys Photobucket
Melissa: Teen Rape: Hilarious!
Melissa: Question of the Day
Kathy: Mighty Joe Lieberman
Pres. Bush is having visions again, and in his visions he sees the United States staying in Iraq for the next 50 years, just like we did in South Korea:
President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.
The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.
Joe Lieberman reporting from Iraq:
CNN reports that Lieberman is on an unannounced “surprise” visit to Baghdad. Paula Hancocks followed Lieberman around. She talked to Lieberman and reported, “He said he was happy with the progress. He was devastated by the fact that May was turning in to the deadliest month since November 2004. But he said he did believe that this surge eventually would pay off and it would start to break the insurgency.”
Richard at All Spin Zone marvels at how different the view looks from Planet Lieberman than from anywhere else.
Meanwhile, “everyday life” continued, if by “life” you mean “mass murder.”
On Memorial Day, 10 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq — eight of those died when an American helicopter was shot down north of Baghdad. And yesterday, “gunmen dressed in police uniforms staged a well-coordinated kidnapping at Iraq’s Finance Ministry and abducted five Britons. Two vehicle bombings in Baghdad killed at least 44 people and injured 74. And the bodies of 32 men — all shot and tortured, some handcuffed and blindfolded — were found in two locations north and south of the capital on Tuesday.”
Lieberman laughed and said, “The surge is working!” May is already the deadliest month for American troops in Iraq since 2004.
Who needs to make a comeback?
It can be an actor, a writer, a singer, a comedian, an athlete…any profession. Now, we’re not talking about a comeback from the dead here; just someone (alive) who’s had a good career in the past which has faded for whatever reason, and you wish it weren’t so.
I’m going to go with Robert Downey, Jr. But only because I know that Morrissey and Marr will never just get over it and get on with it already.
As Liss mentioned below, the Bush administration is taking legal action to prevent a small meatpacking company in Kansas from testing its entire herd for mad cow disease. WTF, you say? Oh, don’t worry. They have a good reason: They want to protect the giant meatpackers from consumer pressure to test their cows [my emphasis]: