Jan Brewer Self Destructs During Live Gubernatorial Debate

I’m sure the explanation is as simple as she grabbed the wrong notes before hitting the studio, but this is an amazing crash and burn. It would be painful to watch if she weren’t such an awful person.

First, her opening statement to the televised debate:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUPKKbmWMZ8

Then her exit from the studio and the most inelegant ducking of a direct question ever:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL5KQ4Ao0ro

Regarding here unconstitutional immigration laws it should be noted that the Pew Hispanic Center just released a report showing that the “annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005.” So what’s the issue?

Dear Senator Reid,

Dear Senator Reid,

While I appreciate your efforts, and honestly believe that you have the best interests in Americans at heart, I can’t believe how thoroughly you allowed the Health (Insurance) Care Bill to be compromised. I actually felt a glimmer of hope when the public option failed and the prospect of Medicare expansion returned to the fore (where it never should have left), but now all I feel is despair.

Whatever bill you eventually pass will do no good for those of us who have seen our rates skyrocket in the last few years. I guess if you weren’t getting the health care that you are, you’d understand the situation the rest of us are in, but as it stands, I guess you don’t.

Why, after all of his betrayals, you have allowed Joe Lieberman to insert himself as the sole gatekeeper of this process is beyond me. Either you didn’t see this coming, or didn’t think he would single-handedly derail the bill. It doesn’t really matter which it is.

Shame on you and the rest of the Senate to have squandered what may be your only opportunity to actually change the welfare of Americans for the better. I wish I could vote for someone other than a Republican or a Democrat. Republicans are counter to everything I hold dear, and Democrats seem unable, or unwilling, to accomplish anything.

Don’t bother passing the bill. It won’t do us any good out here in the cold. And boy, I sure hope I don’t get sick.

Disappointed (but not surprised),
Tim

Twilight was Stupid. Stupid Book, Stupid Movie. Buffy Would Have Made It Better.

If Edward had lived in the Universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it would have been shorter, funnier, and way more best-ier. If you were slightly tweaked by the creepy stalker crap, and the more than creepy “I love you so much I want you to kill me” crap, oh yeah and the weirdly puritanical (written by a Mormon, you see) underpinnings of the crap-fest of a movie, this may make you laugh.

Obama Grants Benefits To Same-Sex Partners Of Federal Employees!

Wow, this is awesome. I couldn’t be happier! A huge moment in the fight toward equal rights for all. I just feel all warm and bubbly inside.

What’s that? Not all benefits? No health or retirement benefits because DOMA prohibits it? Well, that’s ok, I guess. I mean he did say during his campaign that gay rights were very important to him so I suppose he’ll get around to the rest of it. But what benefits exactly are left? No, no, I’m not complaining really. I’m just disappointed is all.

I mean, fer crissake, It’s not like his Justice Department used an opposition to incestuous marriages as a basis for it’s support of DOMA in a statement released recently. It did? What did Obama have to say about that? Boy I bet he was pissed! Nothing? Hm. Doesn’t sound like he really thinks about gay rights much at all.

He better fucking repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and DOMA pretty fucking soon or I’m just about done with him. And none of this bullshit about due process and letting Congress work through it. Those acts are crap laws and violate human rights. You don’t have to wait for an act of Congress to right a wrong that you can fix with the stroke of a pen.? It’s what we fucking elected you to do!

I don’t really care if he fixes the economic crisis; I suspect that’s pretty much beyond the powers of his office. But if we all go down, we better fucking be going together.

No Waffling On Women’s Access To Reproductive Health – Go Hillary!

I like Hillary. I’ve always like Hillary. I wasn’t happy with some of the concessions and allegiances she made during her campaign, but on the issue of a woman’s right to access to complete reproductive health information and services, I am a huge fan of how firm a stance she has consistently held. In response to a question on whether this administration will weaken any of the pro-life laws in place around the world, a very clear “hell yes we will!”

First Step Toward Same-Sex Marriage in DC?

capitol-flagThere’s been a lot of good news on this front lately.

First it was Iowa (what a surprise), then more from Vermont (always reliable), and now the locals are getting into it was well!

From the Washington Post:

The D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, on the same day that Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex unions.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040702200.html?hpid=topnews

Image courtesy of M.V. Jantzen

What Does Rick Warrens AIDS Work Look Like?

I haven’t really heard anything about what kind of work Rick Warren has done to combat AIDS in Africa since Obama announced him as his pick to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. I’ve though it a bit odd since that is the main response that the Obama team has used to defend their selection of a homophobic prick.

“He’s devoted his life to performing good works for the poor and leads the evangelical movement in addressing the global HIV/AIDS crisis.”

– From talking points circulated by the Obama team

Leave it to AlterNet to dig into it. How surprised am I do find that Warren has worked AGAINST the so-called ABC program (hint: the “C” stands for “condoms”) created by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in cooperation with several NGOs, and credited with lowering Uganda’s AIDS rate by 10%? Not very surprised, I tell you. Not very surprised at all.

Condom Burnings and Anti-Gay Witch Hunts: How Rick Warren Is Undermining AIDs Prevention in Africa (AlterNet.org)