How is NOM (National Organization For Marriage) Identical to the KKK?

The misnamed NOM which is opposed to marriage equality and therefore should be described as the National Organization of Bigots Opposed to Marriage Equality is identical to the KKK in that they are ashamed to be identified as bigots.

So in Rhode Island and else where they do not want their donors names to be disclosed. So like the KKK their members want to hide their bigotry out of concern that their bigotry will negatively impact them.

I love how hate peddlers get so bent our of shape when their bigotry has consequences.

If anything this is just one more reason why religious organizations should lose their non-profit status and be taxed.

From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/28/nom-antigay-marriage-grou_n_742176.html

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Associated Press

A group that opposes same-sex marriage sued the Rhode Island Board of Elections, saying it wants to run ads in the governor’s race and other contests but doesn’t want to have to comply with state campaign finance laws.

The National Organization for Marriage said in a federal lawsuit that it should not be forced to report its expenditures or comply with spending limits or bans that are required for political action committees. The group said it shouldn’t be considered a PAC because it’s not controlled by a political candidate and does not spend the majority of its money on Rhode Island’s political races. It says the rules for PACs are burdensome and interfere with free speech.

“You have to negotiate the myriad regulations that apply, and for a lot of organizations, it’s just not worth it,” said Jeffrey Gallant, a lawyer with the James Madison Center for Free Speech, which is representing the group. “These laws are a deterrent for free and open speech in political matters.”

The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Providence, does not specify the races the organization wants to be involved in, but sample ads that are included as exhibits to the complaint show support for Republican ideals — including lower taxes and fiscal conservatism.

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Survival Hints: Can You Say The Phrase, “Peak Oil”?

Now might be a good time to dump the gas guzzling SUV and think about super insulating your house if you own rather than renting.

The film “Collapse” hit me pretty much the same way Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” did, which is to say it was another4 major piece in the puzzle that the corporations do not seem to want for us to see.

Some Assembly Required had a link today that took me to The Wall Street Journal, a right wing rag that has gotten even worse since being purchased by Rupert Murdoch.  When they bury little tidbits like this one…  It is time for concern…

http://professional.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100926-703149.html?mod=WSJ_Energy_middleHeadlines&mg=reno-wsj#printMode

Saudi Crude Output Falls 11.3% In 2009 Vs ’08 -Ctrl Bk

RIYADH (Zawya Dow Jones)-Saudi Arabia’s crude production fell 11.3% to 2.9 billion barrels in 2009 from 3.4 billion barrels in the year earlier, while exports fell 14.4% to 2.3 billion barrels, the country’s central bank said Sunday.

Proven oil reserves at the world’s top energy exporter were steady at 264.6 billion barrels at the end of last year, while …

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Gender gap for Austin’s Homeless

KVUE, Austin TX, USA:  http://www.kvue.com/news/Gender-gap-for-Austins-Homeless-103901993.html

Gender gap for Austin’s Homeless

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 10:38 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:38 PM

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Monday night Austin’s Human Rights Commission voted unanimously to urge the Austin City Council to add more beds for single homeless women.

Of the estimated 3,000 homeless people in the Austin area it’s believed that 400 of them are women.

According to Lisa Scheps with Austin’s Human Rights Commission there  are only 43 beds at area homeless shelters set aside for single women.

“We’re working on a model of serving that goes back to the forties and at that time the world was very different. Single women seemed to be taken care of by families so there wasn’t as big of a problem as there was then,” said Scheps.

The impetus for the discussion and study on the state of homeless women in Austin was the death of Jennifer Gale, a colorful transgendered person who was also homeless.

Gale, an ex-Marine died in December of 2008 while sleeping outdoors in the cold.

“When Jennifer Gale died, who as you know was a transgender woman who was very visible in our city, that died because services that may have been available to her, she didn’t feel welcome in. I started to look into the homeless situation in general for transgender people and what I discovered is that there are no beds for single women and that angered me and angered other people,” added Scheps.

Austin’s Human Rights Commission passed a joint resolution with the Women’s Commission regarding beds for single homeless women.

Talk of adding more beds at area shelters is in its earliest stages according to Scheps. It still isn’t known how much money the additional beds will cost nor is it known at this point where they will go.

“It’s a public health issue and an issue of poverty. It is one that’s important to all residents of Austin,” said Elizabeth Brenner, an Austin Human Rights Commission member.

The Human Rights Commission plans to turn over the joint resolution to the Austin City Council immediately.

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Census finds record gap between rich and poor

From Raw Story:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/census-finds-record-gap-rich-poor/

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 — 7:18 am

Recession’s impact: Census shows growing income gap as young adults, children take big hits.

The income gap between the richest and poorest Americans grew last year to its widest amount on record as young adults and children in particular struggled to stay afloat in the recession.

The top-earning 20 percent of Americans — those making more than $100,000 each year — received 49.4 percent of all income generated in the U.S., compared with the 3.4 percent earned by those below the poverty line, according to newly released census figures. That ratio of 14.5-to-1 was an increase from 13.6 in 2008 and nearly double a low of 7.69 in 1968.

A different measure, the international Gini index, found U.S. income inequality at its highest level since the Census Bureau began tracking household income in 1967. The U.S. also has the greatest disparity among Western industrialized nations.

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Right-Wing Religious United Front Against Women, Gays and Freedom From Religion

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/148326/right-wing_religious_united_front_against_women%2C_gays_and_freedom_from_religion/

By Kathryn Joyce, Religion Dispatches
Posted on September 27, 2010, Printed on September 28, 2010

Religious right-wing groups are uniting to fight the culture wars.

The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. You can sign up for their free daily newsletter here.

Glenn Beck’s efforts to transform himself from Fox News demagogue into a religious leader for Tea Party America has a lot of commentators discussing the feasibility of a Mormon convert leading a wary evangelical and Catholic right in a faith-driven cause. While there are significant roadblocks hindering Beck’s quest for leadership in the Christian Right, he wouldn’t be the first Mormon to advocate a right-wing alliance that stretches across faiths. Beck follows hundreds of Mormon “pro-family” activists who have united with conservative Catholics and evangelicals to form a common front in the culture wars.

Since 1997, when Beck was just a baby Mormon, a coalition of mostly US-based religious right groups, the World Congress of Families, has attempted to rally religious conservatives at international “pro-family” conferences to transcend theological differences to unite against common enemies: feminism, homosexuality, liberal attitudes towards sexuality and reproductive rights, and the separation of church and state.

The WCF followed the rise of a global conservative movement in response to international conferences in the 1990s, particularly concerning reproductive or women’s rights, which they feared could affect US law back home. At the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development, Pope John Paul II (an early bridge-builder who’d allied himself with Billy Graham and Campus Crusade for Christ in the 1970s) called for interfaith opposition to the conference’s draft program of action due to its support for abortion rights and what the Pope called a “Culture of Death.”

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U.S. falling further behind in education, hurting global competitiveness

From The Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/columnists/jlanders/stories/DN-landers_28bus.ART0.State.Edition1.2706a4a.html

By Jim Landers

12:00 AM CDT on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – America’s ability to compete in the global economy seems to be moving in opposite directions. Apart from South Korea, most developed countries now have higher labor costs than the United States. That’s attracting labor-intensive work here, like a Brazilian jeans maker planning a factory in South Texas.

On educational attainment, meanwhile, we are falling further behind. The two schools now providing the largest number of Ph.D. candidates to American universities, for example, are China’s Tsinghua and Peking universities.

Taken together, the results suggest stagnation – in incomes and in knowledge.

Peter O’Donnell Jr., head of the O’Donnell Foundation, a Dallas education philanthropy, says the United States will not win against other nations with these kinds of results. “We have to have education so we can produce the people who can innovate,” he said. “We’re not going to go toe-to-toe with China on wage rates. No way.”

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To cut costs, seniors get drugs from online Canadian pharmacies

From The Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/092810dnbuscanadadrugs.242e963.html

10:22 AM CDT on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
By JASON ROBERSON / The Dallas Morning News
jroberson@dallasnews.com

In nine months, the prescription eye medication 72-year-old John Lair uses jumped from $47.13 to $113.23 at his neighborhood drugstore.

“That’s capitalism out of control,” said Lair of Dallas.

After doing some research, Lair found the same medication for $21.25 online at a Canadian pharmacy.

Facing rising drug prices, North Texas seniors on fixed incomes say they are faced with no other option than to get prescriptions filled online from Canada.

Every year, 68,000 Texans order more than 200,000 drug shipments online from Canada, according to the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Top-selling medications for high-cholesterol and arthritis, like Lipitor and Celebrex, can be found online for half the prices seen at local pharmacies.

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Mysteries That Howl and Hunt

I love the much maligned coyotes and wolves.  I would rather see a world with more wolves and coyotes and fewer human beings than the other way around.  The hunting and slaughter of these animals is a crime against the ecosphere.

From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/science/28coyotes.html?ref=science

By CAROL KAESUK YOON
Published: September 27, 2010

With a chorus of howls and yips wild enough to fill a vast night sky, the coyote has ignited the imagination of one culture after another. In many American Indian mythologies, it is celebrated as the Trickster, a figure by turns godlike, idiotic and astoundingly sexually perverse. In the Navajo tradition the coyote is revered as God’s dog. When European colonists encountered the species, they were of two minds, heralding it as an icon of the expansive West and vilifying it as the ultimate varmint, the bloodthirsty bane of sheep and cattle ranchers.

Mark Twain was so struck when he first saw that “long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton, with a gray wolfskin stretched over it” that he called it “a living, breathing allegory of Want.” And Twain’s description itself was so vivid, it inspired the animator Chuck Jones to create that perennial failure known to cartoon-loving children everywhere, Wile E. Coyote of Road Runner-hating fame.

Yet as familiar as the coyote seems, these animals remain remarkably poorly understood. They have remained elusive despite fantastic ecological success that has been described as “a story of unparalleled range expansion,” as they have moved over the last century from the constrictions of their prairie haunts to colonize every habitat from wild to urban, from coast to coast. And they have retained their mystery even as interest has intensified with increasing coyote-human interactions — including incidents of coyotes dragging off small dogs and cats, and even (extremely rarely) attacks on people, from Los Angeles to the northern suburbs of New York City, where four children were attacked in separate incidents this summer.

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Atheists Outdo Some Believers in Survey on Religion

Dooh…  Of course we do…  To become an atheist in a world that tries to indoctrinate people into believing in a religion requires more thought and study than simply going with the flow.  I think therefore I question requires more of a search for answers than does I have faith therefore I believe.  Further, for all their supposed Bible Studies, Christo-Fascists are more likely to fixate on a single paragraph or verse that justifies their bigotry than some one who reads the Bible as a mythological work of some artistic and literary merit.

From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/us/28religion.html?scp=2&sq=atheists&st=cse

You know The New York Times shows its basic lack of honesty and courage when it changes the article headline that it was posted under in The Dallas Morning News BTW the DMN is the  one I used for this post the Times weaseled with the title below.

Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: September 28, 2010

Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.

“Even after all these other factors, including education, are taken into account, atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons still outperform all the other religious groups in our survey,” said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew.

That finding might surprise some, but not Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, an advocacy group for nonbelievers that was founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

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Still Few Women in Management, Report Says

From The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/business/28gender.html?_r=1&ref=us

By CATHERINE RAMPELL
September 27, 2010

Women made little progress in climbing into management positions in this country even in the boom years before the financial crisis, according to a report to be released on Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office.

As of 2007, the latest year for which comprehensive data on managers was available, women accounted for about 40 percent of managers in the United States work force. In 2000, women held 39 percent of management positions. Outside of management, women held 49 percent of the jobs in both years.

Across the work force, the gap between what men and women earn has shrunk over the last few decades. Full-time women workers closed the gap to 80.2 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2009, up from just 62.3 cents in 1979. Much of this persistent wage gap, however, can be explained by what kinds of jobs the sexes are drawn to, whether by choice or opportunity.

The new report, commissioned by the Joint Economic Council of Congress, tries to make a better comparison by looking at men versus women in a specific industry and in similar jobs, and also controlling for differences like education levels and age. On average, female managers had less education, were younger and were more likely to be working part time than their male counterparts.

In all but three of the 13 industries covered by the report, women had a smaller share of management positions than they did of that industry’s overall work force. The sectors where women were more heavily represented in management than outside of it were construction, public administration and transportation and utilities.

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New Blog Roll Links

I’ve recently added several new links to my Blog Roll and Web Sites that reflect the diversification this blog has taken from simply discussing transsexual and transgender issues:

Newly added Blogs include:

Monica Roberts: http://transgriot.blogspot.com/ Monica Roberts is one of the few bloggers among TG/TS folks who confronts role of race and class within the LGBT/TQA communities and the role those matters play the oppression of LGBT/TQA folks.  While we have fought in the past I am glad we have reached a point in our lives where confronting the same issues from different angles is far more important than engaging in horizontal hostility.

Sherry Wolf: http://sherrytalksback.wordpress.com/ Sherry Wolf is a writer for Socialist Worker, a publication I have considered a valuable source for quite some time.  She has a highly engaging book:  Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation

Cara Kulwicki: http://thecurvature.com/ I reposted Cara’s article regarding the assault of the sister in San Antonio.  I have been reading Cara’s writings on Feministe for quite a while.  Her blog is not for those with numerous trigger issues as it confronts matters of rape, assault and abuse head on.

Michael Moore: http:michaelmoore.com Need I say more.

NORML:  http://norml.org The entire war on drugs is a farce and a tragedy.  A travesty of justice used to support the police/prison industrial complex.  We should have learned from alcohol prohibition that prohibition and criminalization doesn’t work.

Riki Wilchins: http://www.truechild.org/ Riki is program director of True Child, an organization studying the sexualization of children and gender stereotyping.  I added this organization to the Web Sites.

I’ve added so many and removed a couple that seemed dead over the last month or so I’ve probably missed a few so I suggest checking out the links.

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