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Gomer Pyle marries his longtime partner

Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM PST
Gomer Pyle marries his longtime partner
by quaoar

There is no way that Jim Nabors could have done this in his home state of Alabama.

The man beloved by millions for his portrayal of Gomer Pyle comes from Sylacauga, Alabama, a state which has previously voted overwhelmingly that marriage can exist only between a man and a woman.

But fortunately there are still states where intolerance has not won the day. And Nabors, 82, was able to marry his longtme partner Stan Cadwallader, 64, on Jan. 15 in Seattle.

"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody," Nabors said. "I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy."

Nabors said he and Cadwallader traveled to Washington state, where gay marriages became legal in early December 2012. They were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.


What can you say to that besides, "Well, Golllllllleeeeeeeee. Surprise, surprise, surprise."

And congratulations!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/30/1183242/-Gomer-Pyle-marries-his-longtime-partner

Bill Moyers: Foul Play in the Senate

Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:51 AM PST
Foul Play in the Senate

By BILL MOYERS and MICHAEL WINSHIP

The inauguration of a president is one of those spectacles of democracy that can make us remember we're part of something big and enduring. So for a few hours this past Monday the pomp and circumstance inspired us to think that government of, by, and for the people really is just that, despite the predatory threats that stalk it.

But the mood didn't last. Every now and then, as the cameras panned upward, the Capitol dome towering over the ceremony was a reminder of something the good feeling of the moment couldn't erase. It's the journalist's curse to have a good time spoiled by the reality beyond the pageantry. Just a couple of days before the inaugural festivities, the New York Times published some superb investigative reporting by the team of Eric Lipton and Kevin Sack, and their revelations were hard to forget, even at a time of celebration.

The story told us of a pharmaceutical giant called Amgen and three senators so close to it they might be entries on its balance sheet: Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senator Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and that powerful committee's ranking Republican, Orrin Hatch. A trio of perpetrators who treat the United States treasury as if it were a cash-and-carry annex of corporate America.

The Times story described how Amgen got a huge hidden gift from unnamed members of Congress and their staffers. They slipped an eleventh hour loophole into the New Year's Eve deal that kept the government from going over the fiscal cliff. When the sun rose in the morning, there it was, a richly embroidered loophole for Amgen that will cost taxpayers a cool half a billion dollars...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/25/1182003/-Foul-Play-in-the-Senate

Robert Reich: How Obama Is Unraveling Reagan Republicanism

How Obama Is Unraveling Reagan Republicanism
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
26 January 13

Soon after President Obama's second inaugural address, John Boehner said the White House would try "to annihilate the Republican Party" and "shove us into the dustbin of history."

Actually, the GOP is doing a pretty good job annihilating itself. As Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal put it, Republicans need to "stop being the stupid party."

The GOP crackup was probably inevitable. Inconsistencies and tensions within the GOP have been growing for years - ever since Ronald Reagan put together the coalition that became the modern Republican Party.

All President Obama has done is finally found ways to exploit these inconsistencies...

http://robertreich.org/post/41456134467

Reporting Factory Farms Abuses to Be Considered Act of Terrorism If New Laws Pass

Reporting Factory Farms Abuses to Be Considered "Act of Terrorism" If New Laws Pass
By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins, AlterNet
26 January 13


Three states are the latest states to introduce Ag-Gag laws and lawmakers in 10 other states introduced similar bills in 2011-2012.

How do you keep consumers in the dark about the horrors of factory farms? By making it an "act of terrorism" for anyone to investigate animal cruelty, food safety or environmental violations on the corporate-controlled farms that produce the bulk of our meat, eggs and dairy products.

And who better to write the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act, designed to protect Big Ag and Big Energy, than the lawyers on the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force at the corporate-funded and infamous American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

New Hampshire, Wyoming and Nebraska are the latest states to introduce Ag-Gag laws aimed at preventing employees, journalists or activists from exposing illegal or unethical practices on factory farms. Lawmakers in 10 other states introduced similar bills in 2011-2012. The laws passed in three of those states: Missouri, Iowa and Utah. But consumer and animal-welfare activists prevented the laws from passing in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Tennessee.

In all, six states now have Ag-Gag laws, including North Dakota, Montana and Kansas, all of which passed the laws in 1990-1991, before the term "Ag-Gag" was coined.

Ag-Gag laws passed 20 years ago were focused more on deterring people from destroying property, or from either stealing animals or setting them free. Today's ALEC-inspired bills take direct aim at anyone who tries to expose horrific acts of animal cruelty, dangerous animal-handling practices that might lead to food safety issues, or blatant disregard for environmental laws designed to protect waterways from animal waste runoff. In the past, most of those exposes have resulted from undercover investigations of exactly the type Big Ag wants to make illegal...

MUCH MORE: http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/15727-reporting-factory-farms-abuses-to-be-considered-qact-of-terrorismq-if-new-laws-pass

High school senior comes out as LGBT while accepting award

What a brave kid!

The Lookout
High school senior comes out as LGBT while accepting award
By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo! News | The Lookout


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Coming out as LGBT is rarely easy, which makes Jacob Rudolph's story all the more impressive. When the high school student in Parsippany, N.J., came out, he did so in front of the entire school. His classmates responded with a standing ovation.

During the presentation of senior class awards, Rudolph was given the Class Actor award, an irony not lost on him. "Sure I've been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly, I've been acting every single day of my life," Rudolph said. "You see, I've been acting as someone I'm not."

Rudolph continued:

Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of "straight" Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT. Unlike millions of other LGBT teens who have had to act every day to avoid verbal harassment and physical violence, I'm not going to do it anymore. It's time to end the hate in our society and accept the people for who they are regardless of their sex, race, orientation, or whatever else may be holding back love and friendship. So take me, leave me, or move me out of the way. Because I am what I am, and that's how I'm going to act from now on.


Footage of Rodolph's speech and its positive reception was uploaded to the Web by his father, who noted on the video that it "took more guts to do than anything I've ever attempted in my life..."

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/high-school-senior-comes-gay-while-accepting-award-230305217.html

UNBELIEVABLE -- 7 Uncovered Quotes That Show How Far off the Rails the NRA Has Gone

An jaw-dropping list of quotes. No wonder my liberal Dad used to be a member.

AlterNet By Steven Rosenfeld
7 Uncovered Quotes That Show How Far off the Rails the NRA Has Gone
January 22, 2013 |

The 143-year-old National Rifle Association has not always been like today's NRA, fighting every gun control law as if the essence of American freedom depends on every citizen owning a gun. What follows are a series of shocking quotes taken from various academic histories of the NRA by top officials within the organization supporting reasonable gun control laws.

1. “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons,” said NRA President Karl T. Frederick, a 1920 Olympic gold-medal winner for marksmanship who became a lawyer, praising state gun control laws in Congress. He testified before the 1938 federal gun control law passed. “I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

2. “We do think that any sane American, who calls himself an American, can object to placing into this bill the instrument which killed the president of the United States,” NRA Executive Vice-President Franklin Orth told Congress, shortly after Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed President John F. Kennedy with an Italian military surplus rifle Oswald bought from a mail-order ad in the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine...

3. “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons,” said California Gov. Ronald Reagan in May 1967, after two dozen Black Panther Party members walked into the California Statehouse carrying rifles to protest a gun-control bill. Reagan said guns were “a ridiculous way to solve problems that have to be solved among people of good will...”

READ THE REST OF THEM HERE: http://www.alternet.org/print/civil-liberties/7-uncovered-quotes-show-how-far-rails-nra-has-gone

Morning humor

Tom Tomorrow: NRA Debate Tips

Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:50 AM PST
NRA debate tips
by Tom Tomorrow



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/21/1180075/-NRA-debate-tips

NRA Objects to President Getting to Live in Big, Fancy White Mansion


The Prez's fancy digs



LaPierre was shocked

NRA Objects to President Getting to Live in Big, Fancy White Mansion
Fairfax, VA

Following their objections to the President’s children receiving armed guards (see video), the NRA has now discovered that President Obama also gets to live in a “big, fancy white mansion” on Pennsylvania Avenue.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre reported yesterday that, after a thorough investigation, NRA researchers have determined that the President receives many things that the average US citizen does not.

“Did you know, for instance,” Mr. LaPierre told reporters, “that the President gets to fly on private planes and that – like his children – he is also protected by armed guards? If armed guards are good enough for the President, why can’t we all have armed guards?”

But Mr. LaPierre wasn’t done. He went on to list several Presidential perks not available to the rest of us, including command of the military, a private gym, access to state dinners, and even a band that plays a special song for him when he enters a room.

But the biggest revelation to LaPierre and other leaders of the NRA was that the President gets to live in a beautiful, gated mansion right in the heart of DC.

“The President,” LaPierre said, “lives in a house with 132 rooms, a team of cooks, a swimming pool, a movie theater, and even a bowling alley. And do you know who protects all of this? People with guns, that’s who! They tried to cover it up – in fact, they even call themselves the Secret Service. But our crack researchers were able to find-out about it anyway. So, I say to you, Mr. President: How do you explain yourself?”

As of yet, there has been no response from the White House.

-Juan Caldera, Ross Rants reporter

http://www.rossrants.com/NRA-Objects-to-President-Getting-to-Live-in-Big--Fancy-White-Mansion.html

New Report: Solar could provide 100% of world's energy needs by 2050 using only 1% of world's land

Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM PST
New Report: Solar could provide 100% of world's energy needs by 2050 using only 1% of world's land
by beach babe in fl

In a report released today World Wildlife Fund (WWF), reporting at The World Future Energy Summit says it's research shows that not only is 100% renewal energy doable worldwide by 2050 but if necessary it could be accomplished using Solar alone.

Abu Dhabi, UAE- A new report released on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit here today, shows that even if all electricity is to be generated through renewable energy (RE) sources, and with solar photovoltaics (PV) alone, it would take up only an insignificant amount of total land area, contrary to common perception...

...”Research has found that PV power plants provide considerable environmental benefits, including a low carbon footprint and a short energy pay-back time.

Replacing existing grid electricity with PV arrays significantly reduces greenhouse gas and heavy metal emissions as well water usage,” says Lettemieke Mulder, First Solar vice president for Sustainability.


This is important and shows that renewal energy can have a small land footprint. An increasingly crucial value as the world population increases.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/17/1179824/-New-Report-Solar-could-provide-100-of-world-needs-by-2050-using-only-1-of-world-s-land
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