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Boy Scout Hazed, Bullied and Denied Eagle Scout Rank Because He’s Gay

Boy Scout Hazed, Bullied and Denied Eagle Scout Rank Because He’s Gay
By: Pam Spaulding Saturday October 6, 2012 7:52 am


Ryan Andresen, a 17-year-old from California, said he will be ineligible to earn the Boy Scout Eagle Award because his is gay.

Just sick – and California Scout Ryan Andresen’s main project was a “wall of tolerance.” (ABC):

His project, a “tolerance wall,” was inspired by the years of hazing he endured in middle school in Moraga, Calif., and later at Boy Scout summer camp, where his nicknames were “Tinkerbell” and “faggot.”

“I had I had no idea what gay was at that point,” said Andresen, who described hazing that included, among other rituals, having the word “fag” written in charcoal across his chest.

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His mom will appear on “Ellen” to discuss what happened. Ryan came out publicly in July by sending a letter to his troop declaring his support for another bullied scout.

The Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement: “The scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout consoler that he does not agree to the scouting’s principle of ‘duty to God’ and does not meet scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation.”

Yes, and bullying does represent “duty to God.’

VIDEO & MORE:
http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/2012/10/06/boy-scout-hazed-bullied-and-denied-eagle-scout-rank-because-hes-gay/
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/boy-scout-bullied-denied-eagle-rank-gay/story?id=17401340#.UHBRqZjA9iD

Dog tracks down hospitalized owner more than 2 miles away to pay visit

Dog tracks down hospitalized owner more than 2 miles away to pay visit



A heartbroken dog so distraught over his owner's abrupt hospitalization was able to track him down almost two miles away.

Zander, a 7-year-old husky, was able to track down his owner John Dolan, who had checked into New York's Good Samaritan Medical Center for a skin condition, according to Fox News. The dog traveled two miles, under a busy parkway, by a stream and across a four-lane road, to find Dolan.

Zander cried and sulked for days when his owner, who rescued the dog five years ago and saved him from starvation, went into the hospital, Dolan's wife, Priscilla, told Fox News.

One day, while Dolan lay in his hospital bed, an employee came to him and said the dog was outside the building. “It’s not nonsense that he was at the hospital,” Dolan told ABC News. “He was moping around for the days I was already at the hospital, sitting in my seat and rolled up and depressed. My wife said he had water in his eyes and looked like he was really sad.”

VIDEO & MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/dog-zander-finds-owner-two-miles-john-dolan-hospital-_n_1943783.html
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/05/dog-tracks-down-hospitalized-owner-more-than-2-miles-away-to-pay-visit/?cmpid=cmty_twitter_fn#ixzz28X4tWG4R

Did Mitt Eastwood The Debates?



NOT TO WORRY FOLKS:


Matt Davies - Draws The Sesame Street Of Mitt's Sick Dreams

TAIBBI-Presidential Debate Aftermath: Mitt Romney Wins All-Important BS Contest While Media Drools


Presidential Debate Aftermath: Mitt Romney Wins All-Important BS Contest


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Romney's performance was better than Obama's, but only if you throw out criteria like "wasn't 100% full of shit from the opening bell" and "made an actual attempt to explain who he is and what his plans are." Unfortunately, that is good enough for our news media, which drools over the gamesmanship aspects of these debates, because it loves candidates who sink their teeth into the horse-race nonsense that they think validates their professional lives
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For God's sake – "I'll take programs that could be run more efficiently at state and send them to state"? Is that a joke? That's worse than a Bill Belichick answer: "What's our plan against the Broncos? We're going to watch the film and do what's best for our football team."

Reporters should have instantly pelted Romney with bags of dogshit for insulting the American people with this ridiculous non-answer, but he was instead praised for the canny "strategy" hidden in the response. Despite the fact that Romney is running as a budget hawk and yet has refused to name any actual programs (except Obamacare and PBS) he will cut, reporters gave him credit in the debate for being willing to be the bearer of bad budgetary news, because he essentially advance-fired Jim Lehrer on TV. Many also complimented the "humor" of the line about Big Bird.

Typically, Obama is the recipient of the breathless media plaudits for meaningless imageering and iconography, but Romney scooped it all up this time. Ugh. At least there are only two more!



Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/presidential-debate-aftermath-mitt-romney-wins-all-important-bs-contest-20121005#ixzz28Wy2SfP5

"Do you know how to do simple math, Mr. Romney? Maybe you and the Countess Von Backward could

OP-ED COLUMNIST
Don’t Mess With Big Bird
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: October 5, 2012

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Big Bird is the man. He’s 8 feet tall. He can sing and roller skate and ride a unicycle and dance. Can you do that, Mr. Romney? I’m not talking about your fox trot away from the facts. I’m talking about real dancing.

Since 1969, Big Bird has been the king of the block on “Sesame Street.” When I was a child, he and his friends taught me the alphabet and the colors and how to do simple math.

Do you know how to do simple math, Mr. Romney? Maybe you and the Countess Von Backward could exchange numbers.




Big Bird and his friends also showed me what it meant to resolve conflicts with kindness and accept people’s differences and look out for the less fortunate. Do you know anything about looking out for the less fortunate, Mr. Romney? Or do you think they’re all grouches scrounging around in trash cans?


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/06/opinion/blow-dont-mess-with-big-bird.html?_r=0


McCain: 'Not enough of an economist' to weigh in on jobs report

Source: The Hill

McCain: 'Not enough of an economist' to weigh in on jobs report
By Daniel Strauss - 10/05/12 01:32 PM ET

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) refused to fully throw out the idea that the Obama administration manipulated the most recent jobs report.

"Frankly I am not enough of an economist to question exactly what those numbers," McCain said Friday on CNBC.

McCain appeared on the business channel to discuss the WARN Act and the possibility that the Obama administration had violated it by telling defense contractors to send out layoff notices in response to the possibility of looming sequester cuts.

"I wouldn't put anything past this administration," McCain said in reference to the Obama administration violating the act.

Read more: http://thehill.com/video/senate/260539-mccain-wouldnt-put-anything-past-obama-administration-on-jobs-numbers

Hope

The Unemployment Rate Would Be UNDER 6%-If NOT For The DELIBERATE GOP Wrecking

Without GOP, Unemployment Would Be under Six Percent

The GOP has been on an economic wrecking mission ever since the election of Barack Obama – indeed we now know that leading Republican strategists and legislators met and planned a course of economic sabotage and complete obstruction on Obama’s very first day in office.


By Blue Mark

This obstruction has had a huge price – a deliberate price that the GOP is betting the American people will blame on President Obama. GOP obstruction did not prevent the passage of ARRA – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – popularly know as “The Stimulus” bill of 2009 during the height of the economic disaster as the economy was falling off a cliff – the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that ARRA has saved up to 3 million jobs. But nearly every economic measure since then has been blocked by GOP obstruction, filibusters and brinksmanship.

What has been the result of GOP obstruction?

It is hard to quantify what constant obstruction has cost – you could tally up estimates of every measure that came along, but not all would have passed – nor even been introduced if previous measures had been adopted that obviated their need. But we can look at just two big examples and get a minimal measure of the human cost to American citizens of a deliberate policy to destroy the economy in order to bring down the president; 1) austerity, and 2) obstruction of the 2011 American Jobs Act. Taking just those into account, the unemployment rate would be under 6% were it not for deliberate GOP wrecking.

Austerity is madness – many in the GOP actually believe that austerity during an economic downturn is the right thing to do – even ‘socialist’ Europe was convinced of this – although most realize it is not true, and has no history of success – even Mitt Romney unwittingly admitted as much in an unguarded moment. But that hasn’t stopped savage austerity on the state and local level – which has cost over 600,000 public sector jobs so far.

Normally in a recession and recovery government at all levels increase public employment – this has happened in every GOP administration – and much of that increase is funded by federal government grants to the state and local governments. But since the Stimulus, the GOP has blocked any substantial help for the states, and in GOP led states severe austerity cuts have been the rule – even including GOP governors rejecting projects fully funded by the federal government. The economic cost of this is far more than just those 600 thousand jobs – the spillover effect on private business and local economies has been devastating – when you factor in all these effects the total job cost of austerity has been estimated at 2.3 million jobs.


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more (lots of graphs at this site):
http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2012/07/10/without-gop-unemployment-would-be-under-six-percent/

OK everyone, now we know what we are all going to be for Halloween


Big Bird protesting a Romney rally in Virginia today.
http://elections.americablog.com/2012/10/dems-send-big-bird-to-dog-romney-at-events.html
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