From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/gay-cure-fight-new-jersey_n_1941197.html
In California and New Jersey, lawmakers, gay-rights advocates, therapists, and religious organizations are fighting over the future of a controversial therapy that purports to “cure” gay people by making them straight. The debate is the latest iteration of a longstanding culture war over whether being gay is a choice, and groups on both sides said they expect the clash to soon expand to other states.
New Jersey and California lawmakers who support banning the therapy said laws would protect children from a practice that is both ineffective and harmful. Last weekend, California became the first state to prohibit licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of patients under age 18. “This bill bans nonscientific ‘therapies’ that have driven young people to depression and suicide,” tweeted Gov. Jerry Brown (D) after signing the legislation. As soon as next week, New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace (D) said he will introduce similar legislation. “This is about getting rid of child abuse,” Eustace told The Huffington Post.
Meanwhile, two Christian legal groups have filed separate lawsuits on behalf of therapists, patients and families who say that the therapy can help change a person’s sexual orientation and that a ban would violate constitutional rights to free speech and religious liberty. “The government doesn’t have the right to tell clients what kind of counseling they can receive, parents the kind of counseling they can provide to their minor children, or counselors the kind of counseling or viewpoints they can express,” said Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, which sued California on Thursday.
Staver adamantly said the focus of his suit was not whether the therapy was “good or bad,” but he insisted some people have “benefited by it.” Referencing a report from 2009, he added, “Even the American Psychological Association said that there’s some evidence of benefits from counseling.”
Continue reading at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/gay-cure-fight-new-jersey_n_1941197.html
Investigative journalist calls for tougher regulations for therapists, as BACP formally opposes ‘gay cure’ practices
By Matthew Jenkin
05 October 2012
A UK psychotherapist has been struck off for using ‘gay cure’ therapy, after a two and a half year battle by an undercover journalist.
Lesley Pilkington, a 61-year-old who had been a shrink for 20 years, had her membership suspended from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in May 2012 after she was found to be telling patients she could cure their sexuality.
The decision to ban her completely from practicing in the UK has been applauded by award-winning journalist Patrick Strudwick whose undercover investigation, in which he posed as a gay patient, led to her being found guilty of malpractice.
However, Strudwick attacked the BACP for not withdrawing her membership entirely earlier, branding the process a ‘diabolical shambles’.
In an article in The Independent, he claims despite many people believing the BACP’s rejection of her suspension appeal was the final nail in the coffin for Pilkington’s career, it merely upheld the original verdict and sanctions imposed on her.
Pilkington was, therefore, still able to retain her membership if she was able to prove she had made appropriate changes in her practice.
Continue reading at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-shrink-struck-gay-cure-therapy051012
From The New Civil Rights Movement: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/1-unprecedented-scalia-says-easy-to-outlaw-gay-marriage-aka-homosexual-sodomy/politics/2012/10/05/50378
by David Badash
on October 5, 2012
Antonin Scalia, possibly the most extreme conservative associate U.S. Supreme Court justice, says, for him, it is “easy” to outlaw same-sex marriage — which he calls “homosexual sodomy.” Scalia, a Reagan appointee who hails from Trenton, New Jersey, also finds it “easy” to rule on the death penalty and abortion. The remarks are considered unprecedented as they relate to cases the Supreme Court is likely to rule on soon, possibly even next year.
“The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state.”
Scalia made the shocking remarks while discussing his new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, at a D.C. book signing hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). AEI is an uber-conservative think tank home to many former-Bush administration neocons, including John Bolton, Lynne Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and Paul Wolfowitz.
“Scalia calls himself a ‘textualist’,” The Huffington Post notes, (which is also labeled an an originalist,) meaning, Scalia believes that if the exact words — text — do not appear in the Constitution, the right to it does not exist. In a Scalia world, there is no right to same-sex marriage, abortion, Miranda warnings, and believes the death penalty is not “cruel and unusual.”
“The issue of gay rights, or more specifically same-sex marriage, is expected to be a big one in the term that began this week,” The Huffington Post noted, making the mere idea that Scalia would comment scandalous and imprudent.
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/oct/05/unemployment-rate-september-jobs-report
Associated Press in New York
guardian.co.uk, Friday 5 October 2012
The US unemployment rate fell to 7.8% last month, dropping below 8% for the first time in nearly four years. The rate declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election.
Both campaigns were watching the monthly reports closely, but neither appeared to react publicly in the first few minutes after Friday’s news.
The labor department said employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The economy also created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than first estimated. Wages rose in September and more people started looking for work.
The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months.
The unemployment rate fell from 8.1% in August, matching its level in January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office.
The decline could help Obama, who is coming off a disappointing debate performance against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
See also: Los Angeles Times: Unemployment falls sharply to 7.8%, a 3 1/2-year low
By John Celock
Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has written a new book in which he says slavery was “a blessing” for African-Americans, among other questionable statements.
Hubbard, a first term Republican from Jonesboro, Ark., makes a series of racially charged statements in the self-published book, including saying that integration of schools is hurting white students, that African slaves had better lives under slavery than in Africa, that blacks are not contributing to society, and that a situation is developing the United States which is similar to that of Nazi Germany.
Regarding slavery, Hubbard wrote:
“… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.” (Pages 183-89)
On the subject of school integration, Hubbard described black students as having a “a lack of discipline and ambition,” which he said has hurt the entire educational system.
By David Edwards
Thursday, October 4, 2012
A liberal group in New Mexico claims to have undercover video showing the vice chair of the Sandoval County Republican Party training poll challengers to use illegal tactics that could suppress voters’ rights.
ProgressNow New Mexico on Wednesday published video of a September 26th official “Poll Challenger Training,” in which former Republican Sandoval County Commission candidate Pat Morlen misinformed voters about ID requirements and assistance for Spanish-speaking citizens.
“At the request of two or more precinct board members of different political parties, a voter shall still present the required physical form of identification,” Morlen says in the video.
Rules posted by the New Mexico Secretary of State, however, state that a verbal ID — such as name, birthday and address — are all that can be required from a vast majority of voters.
You do not have to present a photo ID. Only if you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address. If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.
The trainer also falsely claims that voters who changed their address but stayed in the same voting district should receive a provisional ballot and that no assistance would be provided to non-English speaking voters.
By Aviva Shen
on Oct 5, 2012
The Tea Party organization launching a multi-pronged voter suppression effort this election is under investigationby Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for a possible “criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.”
Cummings sent a letter to True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht warning her that the Ohio branch of the group, in suing to throw thousands of students, trailer park residents, homeless people and African Americans off the voting rolls, may be violating the law:
At some point, an effort to challenge voter registrations by the thousands without any legitimate basis may be evidence of illegal voter suppression. If these efforts are intentional, politically motivated and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.
True the Vote released a statement affirming their support for the Ohio voter purge advocates on Monday:
True the Vote stands by the well-intentioned efforts of these citizens and is disgusted by the attempts of some within government and media to warp what should have been a simple, legal process into a calculated partisan charade.
Former Gov. George Romney’s forgotten past: Equal Rights Amendment campaign was a homosexual conspiracy.
By Mark Ames
October 4, 2012
While researching my ongoing series of articles for Not Safe for Work Corporation on the relationship between the Romney family and the Mormon Church and their reactionary politics, I came across a shocker.
In 1979 and 1980, at the height of the battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, Mitt Romney’s father, former Gov. George Romney—the supposedly “liberal” “cool” Republican who was destroyed by Nixon’s dirty tricks—publicly denounced supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment as “moral perverts,” labeling the movement a homosexual conspiracy to destroy the American family.
George Romney is Mitt’s “inspiration” for his campaign, and it has been widely repeated to that point of uncontested truth that Mitt’s father was a “liberal” Republican and “champion” of civil rights. Clearly, the recent history of Mitt Romney’s family needs updating.
First, a little background: In 1979-80, just before Ronald Reagan was elected president, ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution was all but assured. But thanks to an intense and well-organized campaign waged by the Mormon Church leadership, the ERA was stopped in its tracks in Utah and a handful of other states where Mormon influence could make the difference.
As Jon Krakauer observed in his bestseller, Under the Banner of Heaven , “Most political analysts believe that had the LDS Church not taken such an aggressive position against the ERA, it would have been easily ratified by the required thirty-eight states, and would now be part of the U.S. Constitution.”
Indeed, before the Mormon leadership targeted the women’s rights amendment for destruction, support even in Utah ran high—a 1974 poll published in the Deseret News, which is owned by the LDS Church, showed that 63% of Utah residents “approved of the ERA,” according to Krakauer’s book.
Forecasts of Abundance Collide with Planetary Realities
By Michael T. Klare
October 4, 2012
Last winter, fossil-fuel enthusiasts began trumpeting the dawn of a new “golden age of oil” that would kick-start the American economy, generate millions of new jobs, and free this country from its dependence on imported petroleum. Ed Morse, head commodities analyst at Citibank, was typical. In the Wall Street Journal he crowed, “The United States has become the fastest-growing oil and gas producer in the world, and is likely to remain so for the rest of this decade and into the 2020s.”
Once this surge in U.S. energy production was linked to a predicted boom in energy from Canada’s tar sands reserves, the results seemed obvious and uncontestable. “North America,” he announced, “is becoming the new Middle East.” Many other analysts have elaborated similarly on this rosy scenario, which now provides the foundation for Mitt Romney’s plan to achieve “energy independence” by 2020.
By employing impressive new technologies — notably deepwater drilling and hydraulic fracturing (or hydro-fracking) — energy companies were said to be on the verge of unlocking vast new stores of oil in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and shale formations across the United States. “A ‘Great Revival’ in U.S. oil production is taking shape — a major break from the near 40-year trend of falling output,” James Burkhard of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in January 2012.
Increased output was also predicted elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere, especially Canada and Brazil. “The outline of a new world oil map is emerging, and it is centered not on the Middle East but on the Western Hemisphere,” Daniel Yergin, chairman of CERA, wrote in the Washington Post. “The new energy axis runs from Alberta, Canada, down through North Dakota and South Texas… to huge offshore oil deposits found near Brazil.”