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Most Americans now support marriage equality

Of course this will not sway the ultra right wing ideologues who comprise the republi-Nazi Party nor will it lessen the anti-American values tendencies of the Taliban Christians who believe in sectarian supremacy and Christian Sharia instead of the Constitution and Equality.

From Salon:

But it won’t change the Republican party’s mind

By Alex Pareene

Friday, Mar 18, 2011

An ABC/Washington Post poll says — rather surprisingly — that 53% of Americans support the legalization of same sex marriage. Not just civil unions, actual marriage. In 2004, when the Bush campaign drummed up a bit of national revulsion at the very thought of dudes kidding, only 32% of Americans polled supported marriage equality. It’s unreal.

As you probably guessed, there is a vast age divide. Young people are fine with marriage equality and old people are still grossed out. Often strongly grossed out.

Will it make any difference to the Republican party that a majority of Americans now support gay marriage? No, probably not. In the short term, at least. Because the people who don’t support it really don’t support it, and people who really care about opposing things make a pretty good base of political support. And “not quite half of the population” is more than enough to win national and local elections.

Besides, a majority of Americans also support taxing the hell out of rich people and instituting a single-payer healthcare system, but neither party is willing to do anything about that. This is why we have a Senate: To act as a “cooling saucer” for the hot coffee of doing things that are right.

Disappointingly, no one at National Review’s The Corner has weighed in on the poll. Not a soul! Though anti-marriage equality Brian Brown, from NOM, did have a really interesting criticism of the poll. It apparently doesn’t count because Americans were terribly confused by the wording:

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Pastor jailed for trafficking African child ‘slaves’

Religion has long condoned slavery.  I guess magic invisible sky daddy had better things to do than intercede in this case.

From BBC News:

18 March 2011

A church pastor has been jailed for 11 and a half years after being found guilty of trafficking children into the UK for use as domestic “slaves” at her home in Barking, east London.

Lucy Adeniji brought two children and a 21-year-old woman to the UK from Africa illegally and used them as servants.

She was convicted of 17 different counts at Isleworth Crown Court.

The mother-of-five is the first person to be jailed for trafficking children into the UK for domestic servitude.

In a case that has been likened to modern-day slavery, Adeniji smuggled the three victims into Britain on false passports, and used them as servants at her home in Ray Gardens, Barking.

An illegal immigrant herself, Adeniji, 44 – originally from Nigeria – had told the victims’ parents they would have a better life in the UK, but instead viciously beat them if they failed to please her.

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Frank: ENDA to be introduced ‘any day now’

From The Washington Blade:

Chris Johnson
Mar 18, 2011

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Wednesday that he expects the Employment Non-Discrimination Act  to be introduced in the House “any day now” but he remains skeptical about its chances for passage in the 112th Congress.

“We’re going to be [introducing the bill] any day now,” Frank told the Washington Blade. “We’ll introduce it the way it was introduced last year. But that one — there’s no real prospects for in this Congress, but we are going reintroduce it.”

As it was introduced in the previous Congress, ENDA would bar job bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity in most private and public workforce settings.

But the general consensus among Capitol Hill observers is that passage of any pro-LGBT legislation, including ENDA, will be a significant challenge for at least two years with Republicans in control of the U.S. House. Last year, Frank told the Blade there would be “zero chance” for the passage of any legislation that would directly benefit the LGBT community.

Still, Frank said introduction of the legislation is important to educate the public and members of Congress, especially on the transgender protections included in the bill.

“It’s important to introduce it to give people a chance to lobby their members on it,” Frank said. “Having a bill there encourages people to lobby their members. Particularly, we need people to do more lobbying and educating on the transgender issue, and so having a bill there is a very important part of getting the votes ultimately to be able to pass it.”

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Recall Effort Gets Personal:

Senator on “Children and Family Committee,” Backing Millionaire Tax Cut and Anti-Employee Bills, Accused of Adultery with Young Former Staffer

From PR Watch:

by Jennifer Page
March 15, 2011

Republican state Senator Randy Hopper now knows exactly what it feels like to have his dirty laundry aired for the world to see. It’s not pretty.

The two-year senator from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin is in the midst of efforts to recall him from office for his actions against worker rights and fair procedures, and the Milwaukee-based WTMJ-TV has received a letter from his estranged wife accusing him of having an affair with a young woman he supervised. In the Wisconsin Senate, Hopper serves on the “Children and Families and Workforce Development Committee.”

Hopper’s record in the Senate includes his support for the efforts of Scott Walker, the controversial new governor, to reduce taxes for businesses while cutting rights and benefits of employees. Notably, along with Republican Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Hopper co-sponsored a bill to benefit millionaire businessmen by cutting taxes on capital gains and thus cutting revenues for the state. Hopper’s proposal, Senate Bill 28, sought to change Wisconsin law, which already provided an income tax exclusion for individuals for 60 percent of the net capital gains realized from the sale of assets held for at least one year.

But Hopper wanted even more. Under his proposed law, “an individual; an individual partner or member of a partnership, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership; or an individual shareholder of a tax−option corporation (claimant) may subtract from federal adjusted gross income the amount of capital gain, not to exceed $10,000,000 in a taxable year, realized from the sale of any asset held more than one year” if they invest the gain in a Wisconsin business (with no limitation on that business then paying the millions back to the investor as salary or other income). That is, Hopper sought to use his post in the Senate to allow businesses or CEOs literally to write-off up to $10,000,000 in income to avoid taxes on that income, and that give-away would apply to any number of CEOs and businesses in the state, reducing by millions of dollars the tax revenues needed to pay for essential services and benefits for children and families in Wisconsin. The bill did not pass during his first term in the Senate.

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Top Republi-Nazi: Cut taxes by 10% … for the rich

How come class war is only bad when the working people are waging it against the idle rich who exploit them?

Here’s another right wing douche nozzle offering to give his rich masters a rim job instead of representing the working people.

From Raw Story:

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he hopes to cut the tax rate for the richest individuals and corporations to 25 percent to help spur job growth.

The top U.S. tax rate has been 35 percent for both individuals and corporations since 2001, when President George W. Bush pushed for tax cuts. The previous rate, which President Barack Obama has proposed the US returns to, was 39.6 percent.

“There is no doubt that today’s tax code is too complex, too costly and takes too much time to comply with,” Rep. Camp, who heads the House committee charged with writing tax legislation, said in a statement. “Add to that the unpleasant reality that America will soon have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and it is no wonder that the current economic recovery has been far more muted than in past recoveries.”

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A Friday Zinnia Fix