“Mitt Romney was not an effective governor.”

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Mitt Romney: Effete, Unlovable Fool

As a Democrat and Obama supporter I can’t help but gloat over the disastrous campaign of Mister Etch-a-Sketch Romney.

Every single day brings an new act of embarrassment and abject humiliation for the spoiled effete Mormon preppie.

As an embarrassing candidate I would rate him as being a somewhat worse candidate than Michael Dukakis, with whom he share the resume entry of having been Governor of Massachusetts.

Back when George Bush was running against Al Gore we were asked, “Which candidate would you rather have a beer with?”

The implication being that few would want to share a beer with supposedly wooden and wonkish Al Gore instead regular guy George W.

Well considering Romney’s Mormonism and its policy against drinking I’m not going to ask that question.

Instead I’m going to make the observation that at least before 9/11 George W. came of as smarter and more compassionate than Mitt Romney ever has.

I some how doubt that W. would have been dumb enough to publicly ponder why the windows on passenger jets don’t roll down.

And I’m never going to be a fan of George W.

Instead I’m going to ask.  Who would you rather go to an NBA game with, or an NFL game?

The last couple of days I’ve been watching the hysterical reactions to the NFL Referee Strike.

Mitt comes off as thinking those umpires should go back to work so that they will know the right call when the quarter buck scores a home-run.

Just when you think a campaign couldn’t be much more humor friendly Joe Scarborough is reduced to tears and moaning, “Oh, Sweet Jesus” on Morning Joe.

Scarborough cries ‘Oh, sweet Jesus!’ as Romney fails to lead chant

By David Edwards
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough cried out for his Savior on Wednesday after viewing video of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney awkwardly trying to get a crowd in Ohio to chant his name.

After Romney gave a shout out to his running mate, Paul Ryan, in Vandalia, Ohio on Tuesday, the crowd got excited and began chanting, “Ryan! Ryan!”

“Wait a second,” Romney said, reminding the crowd that he was at the top of the ticket.

“Romney-Ryan, Romney-Ryan,” the former governor instructed the crowd, although most of them ignored him. “There we go.”

After co-host Mika Brzezinski played the video on Wednesday, Scarborough could only put his hands over his eyes and utter, “Oh, sweet Jesus.”

Complete article at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/26/scarborough-cries-oh-sweet-jesus-as-romney-fails-to-lead-chant/

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Man in Black Dress: Bishop: Democrats Endorse ‘Intrinsic Evils’ and Supporters put their ‘Soul in Serious Jeopardy’

Black dress wearing spokesman for the pedophile support group known as the Catholic Church calls Democrats names.

From Right Wing Watch:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bishop-democrats-evils-soul-serious-jeopardy

by Brian Tashman
on Wed, 09/26/2012

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, is warning that the Democratic Party has endorsed “intrinsic evils” and consequently, voters who back Democratic candidates have put their eternal salvation at risk. In the Catholic Times, the official newspaper of the Springfield diocese, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki uses the manufactured controversy about mentioning “God” in the Democratic Platform to argue that the Democrats are hostile to faith, and went on to attack Democrats for endorsing gay rights and opposing the criminalization of abortion. He said those two planks demonstrate that the Democrats “explicitly endorse intrinsic evils,” while noting that he has “read the Republican Party Platform and there is nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin.”

Complete article at:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bishop-democrats-evils-soul-serious-jeopardy

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Time to Reclaim Pussy and Cunt Because they are Powerful Words Not Sterile Clinical Terms

The Radfem assholes over at Radfem Hub attacked Pussy Riot about a month ago.

Seems some of the women in Pussy Riot actually have the audacity to be heterosexual and married to men.

The Radfems asked “Whose Pussy, Whose Riot?

The only possible response to that one is: “My pussy, my body, my choice.”

I’m a Yankee adult woman, a working class hippie and I use the word ‘fuck’, a fuck of a lot.

I almost never use the term, ‘sexual intercourse’.

Why?

Because nothing takes the joy of fucking out of fucking like getting all clinical and academic.

I get really tired of the approved feminist language that I’m supposed to use for my love thing.

Vagina, vagina, vagina.

It sounds all most like a Swedish luxury sedan.  I drive a vagina.  I had my vagina in the shop for its 50 thousand mile check up.

Or in the case of some of my post-transsexual sisters:  My vagina cost $xx.000 from Schrang and comes with custom fitted blah, blah.

Well my body is old and my cunt is nearly as old.

My cunt may not be as fancy as one of those clinical sounding vaginas but I’ve had far more than my share of fun fucking.

Some where between the Second Wave which spawned all the academic gender studies crowd and the Third Wave there were the Riot Grrls and there was some on named Inga Muscio author of Cunt: A Declaration of Independence

Needless to say there are no neutrals when it comes to this book.

Of course an awful lot of radfems seem to have have a fear of sex.

Like sex is a patriarchal plot and proper women don’t do it.

It is almost like they are a subset of the patriarchal religious faction.  Those people who disapprove of women having sexuality and enjoying fucking.

I’ll tell you a secret, one some people think I should be ashamed of.  I don’t fall to pieces if some prick calls me a cunt.

I know I’m supposed to experience all sorts of shame, but I don’t.

Sometimes it almost seems like fair play.

Especially when I’ve just called the the person, who called me that, a stupid prick.

Now I tend to collectively refer to my sex parts which are actually more than my vagina as my pussy.

But I have lots of other working class  terms for my body parts as well.

I’m not some sort of proper dainty upper class Lady.  Nor am I an academic who feels compelled to hide my humanity in obscure post-modern jargon.

I think Slut Walks are right on… Even though my lustful days are sort of in the past as age has made the effort seem less worthwhile.

Yet I still believe that sex for pleasure and not procreation is an absolute right.

The things Emma Goldman said a century ago about free love are as true today as they were then.

Free love? as if love is anything but free. Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love.

I also believe the right to say no also has to include the implied right to say yes.  Otherwise it is meaningless.

And yes there is a place for proper clinical words but there is also a time and place for lust and the vulgar words of sex, swearing and fucking.

These words also terribly upset the enemies of women’s rights.  The imaginary magic sky daddy pushers who want to deny women control over their own bodies.  The ones who don’t believe in joy fucking and think sex for pleasure should be punished with 20 years or more of labor raising a child.

Sex should be mostly for pleasure and only rarely for reproduction.

See also: Why Sexual Fundamentalists Dominate Politics and How We Can Stop Them

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From Pussy Riot to Todd Akin: The Claiming—and Silencing—of Language and Speech

From RH Reality Check:  http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/08/20/pussy-riot-and-claiming-language

by Tanene Allison
September 25, 2012

There is so much to potentially write about the phenomenon that is Pussy Riot. So much to dig into, about feminism that values women’s voices, minds, creativity, and bravery to put bodies on the line to end injustice.

Within all of the important and meaningful things to be said and written about this political collection of women, there’s the starting fact of their name. That writing about them requires writing about a group named Pussy Riot. A group that has made enough news that the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among others, have had to wrestle with how to report news about the group, and dance around editorial standards that don’t want to report the word “Pussy,” even if it’s a self-selected term by a group of women.

Pussy Riot is a collection of women, three of whom are now spending years in jail for enacting their art protest inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. And so what is radical about their being obviously goes so far beyond their name.

But I am writing this commentary from America in 2012. An America where, just a few months ago, a female legislator in Michigan was banned from the legislative floor due to using the word “vagina” during a debate about abortion.

Pussy Riot refuses such censorship. And given the international coverage of the story, they’re forcing not only a serious consideration of social injustice in Russia, but also a linguistic conundrum in America.

I wrote awhile ago about an organization that addresses women’s menstruation in Rwanda, and how talking loudly about such things as periods, menstruation, and bleeding is required in order to create necessary change for the women of Rwanda. And how, in part because open discussion of women’s bodies is still taboo, development planning was able to overlook the important needs around menstruation until it was raised by women.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/08/20/pussy-riot-and-claiming-language

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Will Pussy Riot Get The Last Laugh?

From In These Times:  http://inthesetimes.com/article/13896/will_pussy_riot_get_the_last_laugh

The prison sentence against the radical feminists chills freedom of speech but the backlash against the verdict might chill Putin as well.

BY Fred Weir
September 24, 2012

MOSCOW—Russian summer doldrums were enlivened this year by the high-profile trial of three young women: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich. Members of a radical feminist “performance art” collective named Pussy Riot, the three were ultimately sentenced to two years in a penal colony for the “hate crime” of performing in a priests-only section of Moscow’s premier Orthodox cathedral an obscenity-laced “punk prayer” that called upon the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Vladimir Putin.

Pussy Riot, formed about a year ago, is a breakaway group from Voina (War), whose politically charged (and sometimes vicious) street theater since 2005 has included actions like throwing live cats over the counter in a Moscow McDonald’s restaurant “to break up the drudgery of the workers’ daily routine,” and painting a giant penis on the side of a St. Petersburg drawbridge. They’ve had constant brushes with Russian law enforcement for activities that have sometimes caused genuine property damage, including the 2011 destruction of a police vehicle with a Molotov cocktail—which the group titled “Bonfire of the Vanities.”

But the Russian government had mostly treated them as a nuisance, and it had never before risked the exposure of a big public trial. Nor did Pussy Riot’s early performances, including an impromptu anti-Putin “concert” in Red Square in January, earn them more than brief detentions. Indeed, when the three women were escorted out of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior last February 21 after performing their 40-second “punk prayer” in the nearly empty church, police initially let them go.

But something in Russia is changing. Politics had been fraught and uncertain ever since Putin announced last September that he was shouldering aside his anointed successor, Dmitry Medvedev, and returning to the Kremlin for an unprecedented third presidential term. In December, the biggest public protests since the collapse of the Soviet Union broke out in Moscow and other major cities over alleged mass fraud in elections to the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament.

And earlier this year an unprecedented scandal broke out over the lavish lifestyle of Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, whom bloggers claimed owned, among other things, a $30,000 Breguet watch. Kirill publicly denied that, and a photo of him wearing the timepiece on an official Orthodox website was airbrushed to remove it; a reflection of the watch, however, remained on the polished oak table Kirill’s arm was resting upon, and the retouched photo went viral. Amid all this, and in the heat of the presidential election campaign, Russian media reported that Kirill had publicly embraced candidate Putin, describing him as “a miracle from God”—despite the fact that Article 14 of the country’s Constitution stipulates that “the Russian Federation is a secular state,” and precludes any overt political activity by the Church.

Continue reading at:  http://inthesetimes.com/article/13896/will_pussy_riot_get_the_last_laugh

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NOM-Linked Regnerus Funders Caught Deleting Incriminating Evidence

From The New Civil Rights Movement:    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/nom-linked-regnerus-funders-caught-deleting-incriminating-evidence/discrimination/2012/09/26/49512

by Scott Rose
on September 26, 2012

Reposted with permission

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BRIEF STORY BACKGROUND

A hoax study designed to demonize gays was 1) funded by the NOM-linked Witherspoon Institute; 2) carried out by the University of Texas at Austin’s Mark Regnerus and; 3) now is being deployed as an anti-gay-rights weapon in DOMA cases as well as in the 2012 elections.

In their early days, the National Organization for Marriage and the Witherspoon Institute shared an office in Princeton, New Jersey. Witherspoon president Luis Tellez has been a NOM board member for as long as NOM has existed.

Furthermore, having Robert George — a notorious anti-gay bigot — in common in their leaderships, NOM and Witherspoon also share long histories of telling demonizing lies against gays.

Some suspect NOM and Witherspoon of having played an IRS shell game to get the Regnerus study funded. In August, NOM in California admitted to 18 violations of campaign finance laws and paid a fine to the California Fair Political Practices Commisison.

REGNERUS ANTI-GAY STUDY PUBLISHED THROUGH CORRUPT PEER REVIEW

The Regnerus study is documented as having been published through corrupt peer review, with the corruption involving officials of Regnerus’s chief funding agency, the Witherspoon Institute.

Regnerus himself tells untruths to the public, attempting to cover up his unethical relationships with his Witherspoon funders. For example, in his published study – as well as in an upcoming document of Additional Analyses – Regnerus states that none of his funding agency representatives have participated in his data analyses. In reality, though, a Regnerus funding agency representative — Witherspoon’s Brad Wilcox — was paid $2,000 to assist Regnerus with data analysis on his study.

Regnerus has not replied to e-mails asking for explanations of why he continues to claim that his funders have not participated in data analyses on his study, even though the world sees that his funder Brad Wilcox got paid $2,000 for data analysis on his study.

Another character who has ignored e-mail questions about that false statement in Regnerus’s study is Regnerus’s Social Science Journal journal editor James Wright.

An ever-accumulating weight of evidence, meanwhile, more than merely suggests that the publication of Regnerus’s hoax study was orchestrated through old boy network Witherspoon connections with James Wright.

REGNERUS’S WITHERSPOON FUNDERS HOLD OLD BOY NETWORK LEVERS OF POWER AND INFLUENCE AT THE JOURNAL THAT PUBLISHED THE REGNERUS STUDY

The Witherspoon old boy network kingpin of those connections to Wright is W. Bradford Wilcox. Wilcox — besides being Director of the Witherspoon program that funds Regnerus — is an editorial board member of Wright’s journal Social Science Research that published Regnerus’s study. Wilcox speaks at events sponsored by NOM, along with figures such as NOM’s William Duncan, who calls homosexuals sub-human.

Wright, Wilcox and Regnerus are linked through a shadow figure in the Regnerus study scandal; the late Dr. Steven Nock.

DR. STEVEN NOCK’S CONNECTION TO THE ANTI-GAY REGNERUS SCANDAL

Nock was Director of The Marriage Matters Project at the University of Virginia, where today, Regnerus’s funder Witherspoon’s Brad Wilcox is Director of The National Marriage Project.

In Halpern v. Canada — a marriage case — Nock was asked to submit an affidavit for the anti-equality side, which at that time was the Canadian government.

Nock’s affidavit has two parts. The first part gives rules for carrying out a large national random sample study of gay parents’ child outcomes — the type of study Regnerus alleges he did. The second part of Nock’s affidavit alleges that every gay parenting study ever to show results favorable to gay parents had a fatal flaw.  (An affidavit from Dr. Judith Stacey and Dr. Timothy Biblarz told the same court about the fatal errors in Nock’s reasoning; the Court decided in favor of marriage equality).

The structure of Nock’s affidavit — and that is to say, Nock’s tactic for arguing against gay rights to a court — got imitated when the Regnerus study — purportedly a large, national random sample study —  got propagandistically paired in publication with a study by Loren Marks, who casts aspersions on gay parenting studies that either 1) are not the Regnerus study or; 2) are favorable to gay parents.

Witherspoon created a stand-alone site that promotes the Regnerus and Marks studies in tandem, and with an anti-gay-rights slant.

There is a Nock connection to that Witherspoon site, even though Nock is dead.

First we will review Nock’s connections to Social Science Research editorial board members James Wright and Brad Wilcox, who directs the Witherspoon program that funded Regnerus.

Wright and Nock were long-time friends and associates. Wright co-authored a book on covenant marriage with Nock. Their covenant marriage book is subtitled The Movement to Reclaim Tradition in America.

After Nock’s premature death, Wright dedicated a marriage-themed issue of Social Science Research to Nock. Wright’s issue dedicated to Nock includes a paper by Wilcox.

Nock and Wilcox frequently collaborated at the University of Virginia.

REGNERUS WANTED TO FULFILL NOCK’S AMBITIONS

The Witherspoon stand-alone site to promote the Marks and Regnerus studies said that Regnerus, wanting to realize Nock’s ambition of carrying out a large random sample study of gay parents, approached Witherspoon to ask if it would fund the study.

Two things are striking about that Witherspoon claim.

For one, Regnerus did not follow any of Nock’s main rules for carrying out a large random sample study of same-sex parents’ child outcomes.

To provide a first example of that, Nock said that a researcher would need to include at least 800 gay parents; Regnerus only included 236 children of parents he spuriously mislabeled as lesbian or gay. For another example; Nock said that if a researcher did not assemble an appropriate comparison group, that researcher’s study of same-sex parents would be invalid. Regnerus did not assemble an appropriate comparison group, something that has been a mainstay of science-based criticism of the Regnerus study.

The other striking thing about Witherspoon’s claim that Regnerus approached Witherspoon about doing a gay parenting study, is that Witherspoon president Tellez and Regnerus both have told the Austin American-Statesman the opposite thing; that Witherspoon had the idea for the study, and then approached Regnerus about doing it.

To repeat for emphasis: Nock was a close and long-time collaborator of Social Science Research editor James Wright. Witherspoon says that Regnerus’s goal with his study was to fulfill Nock‘s ambition of doing a gay parenting study. Regnerus’s study was published in the journal where Nock‘s friend Wright is editor-in-chief and Regnerus’s funder Witherspoon’s Wilcox — a Nock associate — is on the editorial board.

No author of a scientific paper should ever get their paper published through old boy connections for business and political reasons without having their paper properly vetted by topic experts.

Yet, that is what happened with the Regnerus submission to Social Science Research; without valid scientific peer review of the Regnerus study, Nock’s old boy network of James Wright and Regnerus funder Brad Wilcox arranged for the Regnerus hoax to be published for business and political reasons.

WHY DOES IT MATTER WHETHER WITHERSPOON APPROACHED REGNERUS FIRST?

If Regnerus had the idea for the study, sought funding from different sources, and then just happened to get funded mainly by Witherspoon, that would be one thing, though that circumstance would not change that Regnerus got published through corrupt peer review.

However, if Witherspoon had the idea for a gay parenting study, and then approached Regnerus — who has no training in the science of homosexuality — that would bring even better into focus how Witherspoon orchestrated the hoax through its old boy network connections to the Elsevier journal Social Science Research.

There is, indeed, a certain compelling appearance that Witherspoon 1) got its ducks lined up with Social Science Research to get the twinned Marks and Regnerus studies published; 2) even before Regnerus began work on his study. Bolstering that appearance is the fact that a third party scholar told us that he attended a Witherspoon conference about a desired gay parenting study in the fall of 2010. Our source says that the meeting  was headed by Witherspoon president and NOM board member Luis Tellez. At that time, it had not yet been determined, who would carry out Witherspoon’s desired study on gay parenting.  Regnerus and Wilcox were present at the meeting, as was David Eggebeen, a virulently anti-gay-rights figure and member of the Witherspoon old boy network who was later permitted to write one of the commentaries accompanying the Regnerus and Marks studies.

REGNERUS PUBLISHED THANKS ONLY TO AN OLD BOY NETWORK

The conflagration of circumstances that go against science publishing ethics but in favor of anti-gay-rights political promotions of the twinned Marks and Regnerus studies is in any event simply too meaningful to be ignored. When Regnerus’s funders delete incriminating evidence from their websites, this conflagration of circumstances is what they are trying to prevent the public from understanding.

To review those circumstances, now:

1)  Regnerus’s funding agency representative Witherspoon’s Brad Wilcox is on the editorial board of the journal that simultaneously published the Marks and Regnerus studies. The Marks study devalues smaller studies of gay parenting that in truth are valid as smaller studies; the Marks study has an evident propagandistic intent of building up the public image of the Regnerus study for being, supposedly, valid as a large random sample study. However, the Regnerus study is not valid as a large random sample study. Both the Marks and Regnerus studies are of abysmal quality from a scientific point of view. Social Science Research editor James Wright receives more than 325 submissions yearly. In that flood of submissions — some of them almost doubtless scientifically valid — how did the lousy Marks and Regnerus studies get to the top of editor James Wright’s pile, if not by an intervention from Wright’s and Nock’s old friend — and his editorial board member, and Regnerus’s funder — Witherspoon’s Brad Wilcox?

2) Wright processed the Regnerus study from submission to acceptance in just 42 days without giving it to any gay parenting topic experts for peer review. The Social Science Research Peer Review Policy, meanwhile, says that authors should expect to wait months just for the editor to find appropriate peer reviewers. It appears that virtually no other featured studies have ever been processed from submission to acceptance so quickly and without benefit of valid peer review at Social Science Research.  Many of the peer reviewers had conflicts of interest, including that they had gotten money from Regnerus’s funder Witherspoon; one person was allowed to peer review both the Marks and Regnerus papers. That is to say, the shocking and irresponsible rush process through which the scientifically invalid Regnerus submission got accepted for publication occurred only due to the Wright-Wilcox old boy network.

3) Ordinarily, when commentaries about new studies are published alongside those new studies, a science journal editor will — of course — seek out topic experts with no conflicts of interest. By contrast, the three people Social Science Research editor James Wright had do the commentaries on the Regnerus and Marks studies — Cynthia Osborne, Paul Amato, and David Eggebeen — were non-topic experts with inappropriate connections to the Witherspoon Institute, including that some had gotten money from Witherspoon on the Regnerus study. Each of the three commentary writers created “golden nugget promotional quotes” for the Regnerus study that Witherspoon, NOM and other associated groups have been using aggressively in anti-gay-rights campaigns.

4) For having let the methodologically invalid Regnerus study through into publication, Wright quickly was publicly humiliated when over 200 leading scholars in fields relevant to gay parenting sent him a letter expressing concerns about the validity of the Regnerus study and the suspicious rush process through which it was published. Anti-gay bigots of course consider James Wright a hero, but had Wright allowed similarly invalid garbage to be published on a topic without bigots hanging their hateful hopes on the garbage, he would be isolated with nobody supporting him. The garbage he published would not be bringing right wing anti-gay bigots in droves to his journal site, and therefore, his journal’s publisher Elsevier would not be backing him up for publishing the garbage, either. The only reason that Elsevier and Wright can continue to benefit from Wright’s having published unscientific garbage is that hoards of anti-gay bigots are hugely enthusiastic about the garbage that Wright published. Hoping to shut his critics up, Wright had Social Science Research editorial board member Darren Sherkat conduct a sham audit of the publication of the Marks and Regnerus studies. In line with publisher Elsevier’s ongoing business goals for the Regnerus study, but not in line with science publishing ethics, Sherkat reported that almost nobody acted with professionalism in the publication of the Regnerus study — he even wrote in his audit that scholars with conflicts of interest who should have known better failed to recuse themselves from the peer review process — yet Sherkat held nobody accountable for the mountainous dereliction of science publishing duty involved in the publication of the Marks study along with the Regnerus study. As a sociologist whose position on the Social Science Research editorial board is a building block for his career, Sherkat had a conflict of interest in carrying out the audit. To put it another way, a disinterested third party should have carried out the audit, and Sherkat is not a disinterested third party.

5) Had Regnerus submitted his study to a science journal without one of his funders on the journal’s editorial board, he never would have gotten his study published in one such journal through ethical and appropriate, professional peer review done by gay parenting topic experts without conflicts of interest. He never would have been allowed three Witherspoon-connected, non-topic experts writing the commentaries about his study, in the process providing him and his funders with “gold nugget promotional quotes” for his study, with its invalid methodology booby-trapped against gays. The only way that Regnerus got this astonishing, and otherwise impossible promotional packaging for his scientifically invalid study, was through Wright’s and Wilcox’s old boy network business partnership in the deal. Wright, Wilcox and Regnerus thought the public could be told that none of Regnerus’s funding agency representatives participated in his study’s data analyses, and that no journalist would ever subsequently discover Wilcox’s Regnerus study consulting contract for data analysis. Confronted with the evidence of Wilcox’s contract, and asked why Wright published Regnerus’s false claim that none of his funding agency representatives participated in his data analysis, Wright, Wilcox and Regnerus have refused to answer that question.

HOW ELSE HAVE REGNERUS’S FUNDERS INCRIMINATED THEMSELVES?

This reporter sent e-mails to each of Tellez, Wright, Wilcox and Regnerus, questioning the information on Witherspoon’s stand-alone site promoting the Marks and Regnerus studies.

Those e-mails asked why the Witherspoon site claimed that Regnerus, inspired by Nock, approached Witherspoon about doing a study on gay parenting. The e-mails noted that Witherspoon’s president Tellez and Regnerus elsewhere said that Witherspoon approached Regnerus about a study on gay parenting. Additionally, the e-mails inquired about the apparent Nock-Wright-Wilcox old boy axis connected to the publication of the Marks and Regnerus studies. And moreover, the e-mails asked why Regnerus did not follow any of Nock’s most important rules for carrying out a large random sample study on same-sex parents’ child outcomes.

Tellez, Wright, Wilcox and Regnerus did not respond.

However, Witherspoon subsequently scrubbed all of the references to Nock — and to Regnerus approaching Witherspoon about doing a study —  off of the “About” page on its stand-alone site promoting the Marks and Regnerus studies.

Seemingly, Witherspoon understood it had been caught with its pants down, having told one thing to the Austin Statesman — namely, that Witherspoon approached Regnerus about doing the study — while its own site was saying the opposite thing — that Regnerus had approached Witherspoon first, inspired to carry out the study that Nock wanted to do, before Nock died prematurely.

Witherspoon, however, did not scrub the Nock references from the Spanish-version language of its site for the Marks and Regnerus studies, where the About page is called “Sobre.”

Whoopsie!

In case Witherspoon now tries to scrub the Nock references from its “Sobre” page, we have saved a screen shot of it (image, top). Here is part of the relevant copy from Witherspoon’s Sobre page, followed by an English translation:

“Deseando seguir las huellas del Dr. Nock y realizar esa investigación, el Dr. Regnerus y otros, acudieron al Instituto Witherspoon, un centro independiente de investigación, localizado en Princeton, NJ—y autor de este sitio web—con objeto de buscar ayuda para financiar el estudio que vino a resultar en el NFSS.”

(English translation by Scott Rose): Wanting to follow in the footprints of Dr. Nock and to carry out this study, Dr. Regnerus and others approached the Witherspoon Institute, an independent research center in Princeton, N.J. — and the publisher of this web site — with the aim of seeking funding for the study that eventually was called the NFSS (New Family Structures Study).

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN NEXT?

It is long, long past time for Regnerus, the Witherspoon Institute, James Wright and other parties involved to give the public full documentation of the genesis, design, funding, carrying out, publication and promotions of the Marks and Regnerus studies. Where Freedom of Information Act requests have been filed, those parties largely are seeking to keep their communications about the studies hidden through stonewalling tactics. Elsevier and Social Science Research, as a private business, are beyond the reach of FOIA requests. Nonetheless, they should start to make amends for having undermined the trust on which science is based, by giving the public a full and truthful accounting of how the Marks and Regnerus studies came to be published in Social Science Research. Clearly, when the Regnerus paper was submitted to Social Science Research on February 1, 2012, that was not the first date that Witherspoon’s Wilcox and James Wright knew that the paper would be submitted to Social Science Research. It is beyond all question that a responsible science journal editor would retract the Regnerus study from publication, given that the study received no valid peer review. Elsevier, Wright, Wilcox and Sherkat have played the public for suckers, by carrying out a sham “audit” that never once mentions the Social Science Research editorial board member who also is a Regnerus funder, Witherspoon’s Brad Wilcox. Obviously, any full, truthful accounting of how the Marks and Regnerus studies came to be published in the journal where Regnerus’s funder Wilcox sits on the editorial board would have to report all details of Wilcox’s involvement in the publication of the two studies. At present, the publication not only is not telling the public what role Wilcox played; it is actually lying by saying that Wilcox did not participate in Regnerus study data analysis, though Wilcox signed a contract and was paid $2,000 for Regnerus study data analysis.

To sign a petition telling Elsevier to retract the Regnerus study from publication, go here.

 

New York City-based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT-interest by-line has appeared on Advocate.com, PoliticusUSA.com, The New York Blade, Queerty.com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.

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Keith Patron Charged WIth Hate Crime For West Third Street McDonald’s Attack

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/25/keith-patron-charged-hate-crime-west-third-street-mcdonalds_n_1913654.html

By Ben Fractenberg, DNAinfo
09/25/2012

GREENWICH VILLAGE — The alleged hate crime attacker who slashed a 22-year-old transgender woman at the West 3rd Street McDonald’s last week is under arrest, police said.

Keith Patron, 44, turned himself in at a Bronx precinct Monday, saying he recognized himself in the video released by cops, police said. He is expected to be charged with assault as a hate crime after allegedly yelling anti-gay epithets at the victim and another transgender patron when they tried to enter the woman’s bathroom at the fast food chain on Sept. 19.

“You’re going to the wrong bathroom,” Patron told the women, according to sources. The man then threatened to “f— them up.”

The women left the McDonald’s, but the more than 300-pound man followed them outside and allegedly took a swing at one of them.

One of them punched back at him and then kneed him in the groin, sources said.

That’s when Patron pulled out a razor blade and repeatedly slashed the woman in the elbow, face, back and neck, according to police.

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Why “religious freedom” arguments about marriage equality fail

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The moral case for sex before marriage

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/24/moral-case-for-sex-before-marriage

Condemning premarital sex and promoting abstinence are not working. Lasting, loving relationships are made through intimacy


guardian.co.uk, Monday 24 September 2012

Americans love to tout the value of waiting until marriage to have sex. We teach abstinence-only education in schools across the country, and even comprehensive sex-ed programs often point out that “abstinence is best.” Pop stars from Britney Spears to Jessica Simpson, to the Jonas Brothers, to Miley Cyrus, to Justin Bieber routinely assert that they’re waiting ’til marriage – putting them into the Good Role Model category (at least, until someone leaks a sex tape). There’s a booming “purity industry”, complete with jewelry, elaborate events, books, t-shirts and DVDs.

Our state and federal tax dollars have long been spent promoting “chastity”. While conservative commentators are happy to assert that waiting until marriage is the best choice for everyone and people who don’t wait aren’t doing marriage “the right way”, sex-positive liberals hesitate to say that having sex before marriage is an equally valid – if not better – choice for nearly everyone.

So here it goes: having sex before marriage is the best choice for nearly everyone.

How do I know? Well, first of all, nearly everyone has sex before marriage – 95% of Americans don’t wait until their wedding night. And that’s a longstanding American value. Even among folks in my grandparents’ generation, nine out of ten of them had sex before they wed.

Of course, just because lots of people do a thing doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. But sex is. In terms of happiness, sex is better than money, and having sex once a week instead of once a month is the “happiness equivalent” of an extra $50,000 a year. People with active sex lives live longer. Sex releases stress, boosts immunities, helps you sleep and is heart-healthy.

Sex is good whether you’re married or not, and certainly folks who wait until marriage can have a lot of sex once they tie the knot. But waiting until marriage often means both early marriage and conservative views on marriage and gender – and people who marry early and/or hold traditional views on marriage and gender tend to have higher divorce rates and unhappier marriages. We know that, on the other hand, there are lots of benefits to marrying later and to gender-egalitarian marriages. Couples who both work outside the home and also share housework duties have more sex. Financially independent, college-educated women who marry later in life have extremely low divorce rates.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/24/moral-case-for-sex-before-marriage

Atheists condemn House resolution to reaffirm importance of religion

I’m starting to think it would be a really good idea to wage a war on religion and other superstitious nonsense.

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/25/atheists-condemn-house-resolution-to-reaffirm-importance-of-religion/

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Secular Coalition for America on Tuesday blasted a resolution proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that “reaffirms the importance of religion in the lives of United States citizens.”

“A resolution that ‘reaffirms the importance of religion’—specifically a Judeo-Christian religion—in the lives of Americans excludes the many Americans for whom religion is not important, or those who do not identify with a Judeo-Christian religion,” said Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.

“This only serves to divide rather than unite Americans,” Rogers continued. “This resolution insinuates that because Christianity is the majority religion in the United States, the religion and its followers should be privileged by our government, but this logic is problematic – our Constitution is secular precisely to protect all Americans regardless of their religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs.”

The symbolic legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) last week, notes that the United States adopted phrase “In God We Trust” as the national motto in 1956 and claims that “the Bible is the best-selling book of all time.” It also notes that “92 percent of United States citizens believe in God and 78.4 percent identify themselves with Christianity,” according to a Pew Research poll from 2007.

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Christo-Nazi Robison: Staying Quiet on Gay Marriage is Like Staying Quiet on Allowing ‘Pedophiles to Play in the Public Parks’

Another Blood Libel  from a Taliban Christian pushing Christian Sharia along with a pack of lies.

From Right Wing Watch:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/robison-staying-quiet-gay-marriage-staying-quiet-allowing-pedophiles-play-public-parks

by Kyle Mantyla
on Mon, 09/24/2012

Today a video appeared on Bishop Harry Jackson’s “Grow With Hope” YouTube page featuring a message recorded by James Robison, presumably for this upcoming Defense of Marriage Summit. In it, Robison makes the case for keeping the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman by saying that remaining silent on this issue “would be like stepping back when suddenly the public has decided to allow pedophiles to play in the public parks and there was nothing we could do about it because we refused to take a stand”:

Anti-austerity violence: Video of riot police clashing with protesters in Madrid

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Freedom isn’t just for the 1%

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Paul Ryan: Preventing Marriage Equality Part Of America’s ‘Universal Human Values’

Paul Ryan is a right wing neo-Nazi dickwad…  Beat him in the vice-presidential race and his Senate race…

From The New Civil Rights Movement:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/1-paul-ryan-preventing-gay-marriage-part-of-americas-universal-human-values/politics/2012/09/25/49709

by David Badash
on September 25, 2012

Paul Ryan today said that preventing same-sex marriage is part of America’s “universal human values.” Ryan made these comments to supporters, amid a a three-day bus tour, at a town hall in a steel factory in Cincinnati, Ohio:

“The things you talk about, like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship, these aren’t values that are indicative to any one person or race or creed or color. These are American values, these are universal human values.”

Paul Ryan earned a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights advocacy organization. Ryan has a 13% rating from the ACLU, and a 36% rating from the NAACP.

Last year, Congressman Ryan, who is also strongly anti-abortion, voted to ban any federal funds to pay for abortion, and has voted to restrict interstate transportation of minors to get abortions. Ryan, who has a 0% rating from NARAL, voted to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and has voted against expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.

Paul Ryan has a 90% rating from the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council (FRC), voting for nine out of the ten actions FRC supported.

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Top GOP Senate/Vice Presidential Candidate Just Says It: ‘Do Away With Medicare, Medicaid’

From The Nation:  http://www.thenation.com/blog/170127/top-gop-senate-candidate-just-says-it-do-away-medicare-medicaid

John Nichols
on September 24, 2012

Paul Ryan admits that he’s an “end Medicare as we know it” candidate.

But, somehow, we are not supposed to think that he would actually end the popular and successful healthcare program for the elderly, as well as related Medicaid programs for the poor and people with disabilities.

The “as we know it” part provides a sort of cover, at least in the eyes of a media that is more inclined toward stenography than journalism.

Never mind that Ryan, a rabid reader of government-can-do-no-good fanatic Ayn Rand, goes positively wide-eyed when he starts talking about how desperately he wants to downsize government—and shift control of healthcare and retirement programs to the insurance and Wall Street interests that so generously fund his campaigns. We’re not supposed to talk about the long-term crony-capitalist scheme of certain Republicans to do away with government programs that work so that private sector profiteers can come in and create programs that don’t work—except for private sector profiteers.

Never mind that the Republican nominee for vice president has a long history of decrying Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in Randian terms such as “collectivist” and “socialistic.”

Never mind that Ryan has griped that “Social Security right now is a collectivist system. It’s a welfare transfer system.”

Never mind that, as recently as 2010, Ryan dismissed Medicare and Medicaid as part of a “socialist based system” that needs to be replaced.

The red flags are not supposed to go up until someone actually says they want to, you know, “do away with Medicaid and Medicare.”

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Pork and bacon shortage ‘unavoidable’ as record drought raises feed costs

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/25/pork-bacon-shortage-unavoidable-drought

Farmers unable to afford soaring feed costs are cutting back on production and slaughtering pigs across Europe and the US


guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 25 September 2012

Record droughts in the US and Russia are threatening to curtail the world’s bacon supply, farmers in the US and Europe are warning.

So dire is the situation that a world shortage of pork and bacon is “unavoidable” next year, according to Britain’s National Pig Association. And in the US farmers predict pork prices will hit new highs in 2013 as farmers cut back on production due to soaring feed costs.

Across Europe swine herds are shrinking. Ireland’s farmers cut their herd 6.6% in the 12 months to June 2012, Denmark’s fell 2.3%, Germany, Europe’s largest pork producer, cut back 1.3% and there were cuts in countries including Spain, France, Italy, Hungary and Poland.

In the US the cost of bringing home the bacon has almost doubled since 2006, according to economist Steve Meyer at Paragon Economics, and an adviser to the National Pork Producers Council. Consumption is falling as less pork is produced and prices rise, down from 50.8lbs per person per year in 2007 to a predicted 44.16lbs in 2013.

“It’s not that people don’t want to eat pork, it’s just that they increasingly can’t afford to,” said Meyer. “We’ve been warning about this for years. Now that we are talking about bacon, we’ve really got everyone’s attention.”

US pork producers have been hit as corn and soy prices have soared following this year’s drought. Livestock farmers blame a US government mandate that 10% of the US’s fuel supply must come from corn-based ethanol for propping up sky high prices. The average cost of producing 100lbs of pork was $52.76 between 1999 and 2006, said Meyer. Next year he expects it to top $100.

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Fighting Keystone XL in the Heart of Texas

From Common Dreams:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/25-8

by Scott Parkin
Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Common Dreams

Near the Dallas, TX suburb of Garland, where I grew up, is what I’ve always called “Deep East Texas.” The area holds a lot of memories for me to say the least. My parents owned a piece of property near Lone Oak, TX where I learned to drive. I spent two years in Commerce, TX at East Texas State University studying history. Further south is Huntsville, TX where my great-grandparents lived for over 50 years. Further down from that is Houston where I lived and worked as a purchasing buyer for an airline, a community college professor, a graduate student and, finally an environmental and social justice organizer for nine years. I spent much time during my youth fishing, swimming, hiking, camping and, playing “army” with my friends, brothers and cousins throughout those piney woods.

I traveled back home this past week, not to visit family or friends, but because TransCanada has started work on the Keystone Pipeline. The oil giant intends to connect the Alberta Tar Sands to the Texas Gulf Coast and flow out billions of gallons of oil to the rest of the world. While Obama prevented a northern leg from crossing the U.S.-Canadian border earlier this year, he had no problem with the construction of the 485-mile southern leg which will stretch from Cushing, OK to Nederland, TX carrying 700,000 barrels of crude daily. Construction has now begun at three points (aka “spreads”) which will stretch across Oklahoma and 17 Texas counties.

It’ll cross major waterways such as the Neches, Red, Angelina and Sabine rivers as well as the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which provides drinking water for more than ten million Texans. The pipeline route will run near the Big Thicket National Wildlife Preserve in southeast Texas. Big Thicket is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country and is full of bogs, lagoons, plants, trees and a variety of wildlife including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

The Keystone XL Pipeline not only brings the potential for environmental disaster on communities and eco-systems from spills and pollution, but climate scientist James Hanson has called the construction of this tar sands behemoth “game over for the climate.” The impacts of emissions from Keystone will be devastating to a climate already teetering on the brink of instability.

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States Aren’t Enforcing Their Own Oil and Gas Rules

From Mother Jones:  http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/09/report-states-not-enforcing-their-own-oil-and-gas-rules

By Tue Sep. 25, 2012

The biggest domestic oil and gas boom in a generation is going unpoliced by regulators in many states, according to a report released today by the environmental group Earthworks. Since 2005, the US has increased oil production by about 10 percent and gas production about 20 percent, largely due to technological advances in horizontal drilling and fracking. Meanwhile, enforcement actions in six major oil and gas states have not kept pace with all the new drilling.

The report, “Breaking All The Rules,” examined oil and gas regulation in Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. It found that in recent years the number of oil-and-gas-related enforcement actions and total dollar amount in penalties in each state have either remained fairly constant or dropped. The only exception was in Colorado, where penalties increased because the state addressed a backlog of old cases.

One reason enforcement hasn’t kept pace with drilling could be that regulators are overwhelmed. In Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico, there are more than 2,000 wells for each oil well inspector (there are nearly 4,500 wells per inspector in New Mexico). In the six states combined in 2010, the report found that fewer than 1 in 10 oil and gas wells were inspected to determine whether they complied with state rules. Here’s a chart of the percentage of oil and gas wells that went uninspected in the each state:

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