8-Year Old Dismembered Boy’s Murder Blamed On Gay Marriage By NOM Rabbi

You mean this was caused by marriage equality and not by the 1960s and hippies? Or feminism?

All religious fanatics are morons.

From The New Civil Rights Movement: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/8-year-old-dismembered-boys-murder-blamed-on-gay-marriage-by-nom-rabbi/marriage/2011/07/20/24010

by David Badash
July 20, 2011

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, associated with the National Organization For Marriage (NOM), just blamed last week’s horrific murder of an 8 year-​old New York City boy on gay marriage and what he sees as the complacency of the Jewish Orthodox community in Brooklyn, the boy’s home.

Jeremy Hooper of Good As You uncovered this video and provides this transcription.

Why was this [death of Kletzky] allowed to happen? Let’s think about it. If we go back to the cause, the effect was he was the victim, but the cause was a Jew [Yiddish] that the evil will come to destroy you within your midst. If it would have been a Gentile, people would be able to say, ‘oh this is from the secular society.’ But this is not from the secular society. This is, for too long we have been turning our cheek, we have been turning away and ignoring the agenda of the [Yiddish] — first they wanted rights, then they wanted adoption, they wanted special protections, and ultimately they wanted marriage — and we all know that we did precious little. If those three or four thousand people, at the direction of their leaders and their common sense, would have come out…against the marriage, against this final nail in the coffin of morality…maybe we wouldn’t have had to had this episode…replay itself.

“This came in the very aftermath of the marriage bill, my dear friends, and not doing anything.

“The problem with Anthony Weiner wasn’t that he inter-​married in the last few years — far worse than his inter-​marrying is the fact that he was pushing same-​gender marriage and all the shmutz.”

Hooper, (whom you should read daily,) one of the LGBT community’s best bloggers and advocates, adds this:

Continue reading at:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/8-year-old-dismembered-boys-murder-blamed-on-gay-marriage-by-nom-rabbi/marriage/2011/07/20/24010

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Marcus “I’m Not Gay Even Though I am a Stereotype” Bachmann rumors Continue to Grow / Bachmann Clinic Gets Zapped by Barbarians Bearing Glitter

From The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/07/16/marcus-bachmann-gay-how-rumors-could-affect-michele-bachmann-s-campaign.html

Bachmann Rumor Grows Louder

The chatter about Michele Bachmann’s husband’s sexuality is spreading. Michelle Cottle on how it could affect a candidate whose Christian beliefs are central to her campaign.

By Michelle Cottle
July 16, 2011

Hear that snickering? That’s the sound of the 2012 mudslinging starting in earnest.

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If you aren’t yet familiar with the growing whispers about Michele Bachmann’s campaign—the uncorroborated speculation that the candidate’s profoundly antigay hubby, Marcus, is a closeted gay man—you will be. The chatter has already made its way from the blogs and Twitter (Cher tweeted that Marcus has tripped her exquisitely tuned gaydar) to the alternative press to The Daily Show, where Jon Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld left each other in stitches this week taking shots at Marcus Bachmann’s effeminate manner and “center-square gay” voice. (Anyone out there old enough to remember Paul Lynde?) As Stewart joked, the guy is “an Izod shirt away from being the gay character on Modern Family.” Clips of the comedians’ faux “comedy repression” session promptly popped up on the websites of such stodgy outlets as The Washington Post and The Atlantic.

The wringing of hands about whether it’s fair for the respectable media to promote this sort of salacious chatter is as inevitable as the chatter itself. But this particular assault on Marcus is about more than critics lobbing generic bombs at a fiercely conservative presidential combatant. Michele Bachmann has long been one of the most aggressive anti-gay-marriage crusaders in politics, while Marcus runs a Christian-based therapy clinic accused of dabbling in “reparative therapy,” a controversial counseling technique premised on the notion that you can “pray away the gay.” (One clip making the rounds from an undercover video shows a potential clinic patient being assured that, among other things, God had made men’s eyes to appreciate the form of a woman.)

The Minnesota congresswoman has lamented that involvement in “the gay and lesbian lifestyle” is a life of “personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement,” while her husband has charmingly likened bi-curious youth to “barbarians” who must be “educated” and “disciplined”—parenting advice that manages at once to sound both draconian and pervy.

Pat Robertson’s Regent University: Ex-Gays Can Act The Part, But Orientation Doesn’t Change

By Zack Ford
Jul 21, 2011

Revelations that Marcus Bachmann’s clinics administer ex-gay therapy have thrust the “controversial” treatment into the media spotlight. There is no controversy among scientists, however, who continue to agree that the therapy is not effective and should not be recommended because it can be harmful. A new study from a surprising source confirms this reality; researchers at Pat Robertson’s Regent University found that “ex-gays” in opposite-sex marriages continued to have a same-sex orientation.

The study (PDF) looked at “mixed-orientation” marriages in which at least one member of the couple is not heterosexual. One of the items on the questionnaire asked participants to rank themselves using the Kinsey Scale (a 1-7 continuum representing identities between exclusively heterosexual and exclusively homosexual) on four criteria: sexual behavior, attractions, emotional attachment, and sexual fantasy. This chart shows how participants identified before and after marriage on behavior and on the “expanded version” (the average of all four criteria):

Continue reading at:   http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/07/21/274994/pat-robertsons-regent-university-ex-gays-can-act-the-part-but-orientation-doesnt-change/

“Barbarians” Glitter-Bomb Bachmann Clinic

‘Anonymous’ defiant in the face of arrests

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/21/anonymous-defiant-in-the-face-of-arrests/

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, July 21st, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — Notorious hacker group Anonymous on posted a defiant message to police Thursday and boasted of plundering sensitive data from NATO computers.

“We are not scared anymore,” read an online message that purported to be a response by Anonymous and splinter group Lulz Security.

“Your threats to arrest us are meaningless to us as you cannot arrest an idea… there is nothing — absolutely nothing — you can possibly do to make us stop.”

As if to underscore the point, a message posted at a Twitter account by “AnonymousIRC” claimed to have looted about a gigabyte of NATO data that even the rebel hacker group deemed too sensitive to release.

“Yes, we haz (sic) more of your delicious data,” the Twitter post read. “You call it war; we laugh at your battleships.”

US authorities arrested 16 people for cyber crimes on Tuesday, including 14 over an online attack on the PayPal website claimed by Anonymous.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/21/anonymous-defiant-in-the-face-of-arrests/

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Are Republicans Committing Treason?

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/story/151711/are_republicans_committing_treason/

The Republican Party no longer has Americans’ best interests at heart, and we are suffering because of it.

By Cliff Schecter
July 20, 2011

Once upon a time, in a land that now seems to have been populated by tooth fairies and unicorns, there was a political party that had a set of core beliefs to which they actually adhered.

Among them was that actually balancing the budget, as opposed to just talking about it, was sacrosanct. Slow change, while necessary, had to be balanced against the traditions of the United States, ones that had mostly served us well over two centuries.

Foreign military adventures should be limited to our national security interests. And one of the single most important components of diplomacy was protecting the economic interests not only of an elite few, but of the great many Americans who toiled in our factories and fields.

This party was known as the Republican Party, and while one might have disagreed with them on their policy prescriptions to cure any particular US ill, one could at least see some logic in their beliefs and understand that they – with some obvious exceptions from time to time (ahem, Joseph McCarthy, ahem) – were doing what they thought was right for the United States of America.

Today, this once respectable organization has turned into nothing so much as a collective id the size of a David Vitter Pampers shopping spree. When facing changes to this nation that make them uncomfortable, they choose national hate. When facing ideological worship versus the greatness of the US, the former always wins the day. When facing a choice of what is good for the US or their personal bank accounts, they inevitably go with the latter.

Every. Single. Time.

In simple terms: We, the people of the United States, are the maid. The GOP is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Any questions?

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/story/151711/are_republicans_committing_treason/

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Thom Hartmann – Don’t cut money from real job creators – the workers

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History is Knocking: Join the October 2011 Coalition

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Congrats to the Gang of Six, the Powerful, the Wealthy, and Multinational Corporations

From Senator Sander’s Office: http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=86968e00-

July 20, 2011

Sen. Bernie Sanders  on Wednesday congratulated Sens. Tom Coburn, Mike Crapo and Saxby Chambliss on their very significant victory in negotiating a deficit-reduction plan that achieves their long-term goal of dismantling every major social program relevant to working families. The so-called Gang of Six plan that the Republican senators negotiated calls for massive cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and virtually every program important to working families, the sick, the elderly, the children and the poor. “While I am sure that they did not get everything that they wanted, I think it’s fair to say they won about 80 percent to 90 percent of what they fought for,” Sanders said. “Despite President Obama’s campaign promise not to cut Social Security benefits, the Gang of Six plan, which he apparently embraced, calls for massive cuts in that vitally important program.”

Under the Social Security proposal, a new formula for calculating cost-of-living adjustments would cut a typical 75-year-old’s yearly benefits in 10 years by $560. The average 85-year-old would see a $1,000 a year cut in 20 years.  Furthermore, the proposal demands that Social Security be solvent for a 75-year period, which could include additional cuts. The proposal also cuts Medicare by $298 billion over 10 years and makes massive cuts to Medicaid.

While the spending cuts for programs that working people desperately depend upon are enforced by specific spending caps, there is no such enforcement or clarity regarding the $1.1 trillion to be raised in revenue over 10 years.

“What happens if that revenue target is not reached? There is no language that deals with that. Where does the revenue come from? That very important issue is kicked to the tax writing committees with no guarantee that hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue will not come from the pockets of low- and moderate-income Americans,” Sanders said.  “While nobody knows for certain what provisions might be adopted, there is reason to expect that some of the areas that the House and Senate will be looking at include the home mortgage deduction for middle-class families, taxes on health care benefits, and increased taxes on retirement programs such as 401(k)s and IRAs. In other words, while there is a reasonable degree of specificity in terms of cuts there is only vagueness in terms of revenue.”

Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, has advocated an approach to deficit reduction that matches increased revenue with spending reductions. “At a time when the wealthiest people in this country are becoming wealthier and are paying the lowest effective tax rates in modern history, when corporations are making billions of dollars and making nothing in taxes at all, Sanders said at least half of a deficit reduction package should come from ending tax breaks and tax loopholes for the wealthy and large corporations.  With military spending having nearly tripled since 1997, we must take a hard look at cutting unnecessary and outdated military programs,” he said.

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