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Hobby Lobby Allegedly Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy

odinsblog:

rhrealitycheck:

When a very pregnant Felicia Allen applied for medical leave from her job at Hobby Lobby three years ago, one might think that the company best known for denying its employees insurance coverage of certain contraceptives—on the false grounds that they cause abortions—would show equal concern for helping one of its employees when she learned she was pregnant.”

Read more here: http://rhrc.us/1l9VkQD

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#color me unsurprised

Makes perfect sense… They aren’t against protection, just women enjoying life outside of the strictures of their insane deity…

rtamerica:

White House accidentally leaks post-9/11 CIA torture report findings

When the CIA first began using its controversial interrogation and detention methods after the September 11th attacks, it reportedly declined to tell the Secretary of State and other American ambassadors about its actions.

The revelation comes from the Senate’s still-unreleased report scrutinizing the United States’ post-9/11 interrogation techniques, and first came to the public’s attention Wednesday when the White House unintentionally emailed a document detailing the findings to an Associated Press reporter.

The report – parts of which could be declassified by the White House in the coming days – also apparently found that some of the ambassadors who were briefed on the CIA’s activity were told not to notify their superiors in the State Department. One congressional official confirmed to the AP that these findings are documented in the Senate’s report, while a former CIA official said then-Secretary of State Colin Powell may not have known about the agency’s techniques when they first started using them.

Michele Bachmann: Gays want to ‘freely prey on little children sexually’

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(Raw Story) In a Wednesday appearance on the Christian radio show Faith and Liberty, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said that LGBT people are attempting to make it legal to rape children in the U.S. and impose their agenda of “deviancy” on the whole population.

According to Right Wing Watch, Bachmann said that the “gay community” is taking steps to “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

She also said that “national hate crime laws” are a form of “tyrannical” oppression that liberals will use to silence Christians in this country.

I usually don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what Michele Bachmann says. Every other word that comes out of her mouth is basically stupid-Republican porn.

But this goes way beyond the normal “letting your mouth get ahead your tiny dinosaur brain” gaffes that people like Shelly and Louie Gohmert and Steve King so excel at. This is pure horseshit. There is no national effort to “do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually. ” That’s just a lie.

And it’s a dangerous lie. Bachmann is a hero to the Tea Party crowd because the ‘baggers are so gullible that they actually prefer BS to reality. And if you want to rile wild-eyed, gun-waving crackpots into a murderous rage, then tell them the Homosexual Menace is coming to rape their children with impunity. They’ll believe it and — as we’ve seen happen again and again — some may want to act on those beliefs. The Second Amendment is a tyrant hunting license, after all — or at least, that’s another pile of horseshit the gullible have been sold by manure merchants like Bachmann. If a “deviant” coming to legally rape your child doesn’t qualify as tyranny, then I don’t know what would.

This is an especially dangerous lie from Shelly — and the media should be calling her out on it, people should be demanding she prove what she says — but as has happened with me, she’s rubbed the outrage nerve so raw that most don’t even hear her anymore.

As intellectually painful as it might be, maybe we should listen to Shelly more often. Lord knows unhinged and bottomlessly gullible ‘baggers sure are. People like her are the the screws loose in the Tea Party’s head. We should pay attention to what they’re telling them to do.

The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it.
Michael Rivero (via apprehensivemiscreant, fucknobigbrother) (via questionall)

iammyfather:

dailykos:

Yeesh.

Foreign Aid:  Can Not be Cut (Too Small)

"In fiscal 2013, U.S. government funding for humanitarian assistance and international development will total around $23 billion. (Back in October, I included spending on diplomacy in the numbers that I reported. In order to directly address the question of how much we give in aid to other countries, I’m now leaving out diplomacy and operations of the State Department.)

Foreign Military Assistance

In addition, the U.S. will spend around $14 billion in fiscal 2013 for foreign military assistance – that’s money spent on training foreign armies and providing them with weapons.”

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/blog/2013/05/06/how-much-foreign-aid-does-us-give-away/

So $37 B for the world is too little to cut, but the $75 B, is way too much food for Americans and was cut $4 B a year.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/19/house-gop-food-stamp-cuts/2839343/

South Carolina's Marriage Ban Won't Go Down Without a Fight [TW: Anti-LGBT Bigotry & Discrimination, Homophobia]

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Despite a series of federal rulings declaring constitutional bans on marriage equality like South Carolina’s unconstitutional, the state’s attorney general has promised to continue defending the existing law in court. 

South Carolina’s attorney general, Alan Wilson, confirmed that his office will continue to defend the state’s voter-approved statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage, regardless of a Monday ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals — which holds jurisdiction over South Carolina — upholding a lower court ruling that found Virginia’s antigay marriage laws unconstitutional. 

"Ultimately, this will be a decision for the U.S. Supreme Court," Wilson’s spokesman, Mark Powell, told the Associated Press. “People should not rush to act or react until that time, when a decision is made by the highest court in the land.”

But that’s exactly what North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper did just hours after Monday’s pro-equality ruling regarding Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage from the Fourth Circuit — which holds jurisdiction over West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland.

Cooper, North Carolina’s Democratic attorney general, announced Monday evening that he would stop defending his state’s ban on same-sex marriage, declaring it a waste of time. Notably, Cooper also expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court would ultimately decide the issue of marriage equality nationwide, but he seems to have arrived at a different conclusion than the attorney general in neighboring South Carolina. 

Wilson, a Republican, however, confirmed that his state’s bans on marriage equality — first enacted through state statute in 1996, then approved as an amendment to the state constitution by 78 percent of voters in 2006 — remains the law of the land, according to the AP. 

As the chief legal officer in the state, Wilson is listed as a defendant in a federal case filed by a lesbian couple who were legally married in Washington, D.C., but now live in South Carolina, where the women say they are treated like legal strangers. 

Despite an unbroken judicial winning streak of 28-0 in cases seeking marriage equality since last summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision striking down a key section of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, West Virginia’s attorney general similarly declined to change course in the wake of Monday’s ruling, according to the West Virginia Gazette. A spokesperson for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey — who filed a brief supporting Virginia’s antigay-marriage laws — said the attorney general was still reviewing Monday’s decision, and would withhold comment until the decision is finalized by a higher court. 

The federal case in Virginia, brought by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and the same bipartisan legal team that effectively argued against California’s Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court, is one of several that could reach the nation’s highest court in the near future. Other federal cases seeking the freedom to marry that could land before the Supreme Court include decisions from the 10th Circuit regarding Oklahoma and Utah, where a three-judge panel affirmed lower court rulings finding both state’s bans on marriage equality to be unconstitutional. 

While Monday’s ruling was the first from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding marriage equality, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has also found in favor of the freedom to marry in two cases regarding Utah and Oklahoma — which prompted some Colorado counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the state’s constitutional ban on marriage equality. 

Federal lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry are currently pending in six circuits, according to advocacy group Freedom to Marry. Nationwide, 77 cases have been filed in 32 states and territories that do not yet embrace the freedom to marry. Washington, D.C., along with 19 states currently allow same-sex couples to marry in the U.S. 

Bigotry should be met with swift justice. Those in power pushing a discriminatory law should be removed from power and exiled.

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