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JUSTICE ALITO: Gay Marriage Is 'Newer Than Cell Phones Or The Internet'

This makes me want to say a lot of things, but really, I'm speechless. From a Supreme Court Justice. You want to talk about people being out of touch with the common person. Judges who believe that the battle for gay marriage is newer than cell phones? Politicians that believe that they're so hard done by because after expenses and taxes, they only have $400k to feed their family, while the average Joe family gets by on 1/10 of that?

http://www.businessinsider.com/alito-gay-marriage-cell-phones-internet-supreme-court-prop-8-oral-arguments-2013-3

There's lots I want to say, but I'm struck dumb by a wave of futility. If the people holding the reins have no basic understanding of the situation beneath them, if it is -so far below their notice or concern-, what in the world are we to do? All the protest in the world isn't going to open their eyes and show them what's actually happening among the peasants.

Toon: How to sharpen up those debate skills

Non-political, I promise

http://www.shortpacked.com/2013/comic/book-14/09-same-planet-different-dimentia/strawman-2/

Repost: Coupon leads Crawfordville woman to pull gun on Walmart employees

A repost from LBN, because it was locked there. Seemed to be a lively discussion, so I'll pop it in here:

Source: ABC news

Wakulla County sheriff's officials say a Crawfordville woman pulled a gun on Walmart employees after they said she couldn't use an internet coupon.

The incident happened on Friday, March 1. The woman, now identified as 61-year-old Mary Frances Alday, reportedly began verbally abusing the female employee who told her she couldn't use the coupon.

Officials say that didn't stop her -- she went to her car, pulled out a gun, and walked back into the store. She reportedly began waving it at the victim and three other employees who had joined the investigation.

Alday was later arrested during a traffic stop at East Ivan Road and Wakulla Arran Road. During the arrest process, officials say Alday refused to follow the commands of Sgt. Danny Harrell during the traffic stop.

Read more: http://www.wtxl.com/news/wcso-coupon-leads-crawfordville-woman-to-pull-gun-on-walmart/article_6a547512-84f1-11e2-a483-0019bb30f31a.html

A link to the original discussion: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014414531

Coupon leads Crawfordville woman to pull gun on Walmart employees

Source: ABC news

Wakulla County sheriff's officials say a Crawfordville woman pulled a gun on Walmart employees after they said she couldn't use an internet coupon.

The incident happened on Friday, March 1. The woman, now identified as 61-year-old Mary Frances Alday, reportedly began verbally abusing the female employee who told her she couldn't use the coupon.

Officials say that didn't stop her -- she went to her car, pulled out a gun, and walked back into the store. She reportedly began waving it at the victim and three other employees who had joined the investigation.

Alday was later arrested during a traffic stop at East Ivan Road and Wakulla Arran Road. During the arrest process, officials say Alday refused to follow the commands of Sgt. Danny Harrell during the traffic stop.

Read more: http://www.wtxl.com/news/wcso-coupon-leads-crawfordville-woman-to-pull-gun-on-walmart/article_6a547512-84f1-11e2-a483-0019bb30f31a.html

Nice comic from Penny Arcade

Of course, they make their bread and butter from reviewing and talking about video games, etc... so they have a vested interest, but they've always talked about how silly it is to blame video games for violence in society.

Here's their comic (comment) on the subject:

http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/12/24

Mayor Rob Ford guilty, kicked from office but can run again

Source: The Toronto Star

Mayor Rob Ford has been found guilty of conflict of interest and will be removed from office.

But Justice Charles Hackland has granted Ford a 14-day stay and he will be allowed to run again.

Hackland found the mayor in violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. He had the option of banning Ford from running for up to seven years.

The hotly awaited decision follows a two-day hearing in early September that saw Ford grilled over his conduct at a Feb. 7 council meeting and the events that led up to it.

In March, Toronto resident Paul Magder alleged Ford broke a provision in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act which states elected officials can’t speak to, or vote upon, items in which they have a “pecuniary interest.”

At the hearing before Hackland, Magder’s lawyer Clayton Ruby argued Ford was “reckless” and “wilfully ignorant” of the law when he did not recuse himself from the debate and vote.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1293190--mayor-rob-ford-guilty-kicked-from-office-but-can-run-again



Our oafish right-wing mayor will be leaving office, though I get the feeling that he'll hold this up in appeals for ages. He's never been able to claim responsibility for any of his mistakes (only the successes), and there will be plenty of blustering and finger pointing. Ah well, at least his done for this term!

'Mega-quarry' in southern Ontario won't be built

Source: cbc.ca

The application to build a massive limestone quarry in Melancthon township near Orangeville, Ont., has been withdrawn.

The Highland Companies, the company behind the proposal, said in a news release that it acknowledges "the application does not have sufficient support from the community and government to justify proceeding with the approval process."

The company also said president John Lowndes has resigned and is no longer involved with the firm.

The scope of the project, which would have been developed on prime farmland near Orangeville, northwest of Toronto, earned it the moniker "mega-quarry." It would have spanned 937 hectares — about one-third the size of downtown Toronto — and create a crater 1½ times as deep as Niagara Falls.

Those opposed to the project were concerned about losing a massive swath of rich farmland and worried about the quarry’s effect on the water table.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/11/21/quarry-melancthon-proposal446.html



Yay!! Instead of a huge hole in the ground, we will maintain a great deal of incredibly rich farmland. Love the comments about jobs, as though the farmers were just lazing about doing nothing.

Right Wing Orson Scott Card melts down at the media

He's absolutely flipped out. The media has tricked everyone about Benghazi and everything. Here's my favourite paragraph:

You have to attack Fox News and sneer at them and accuse them of bias, don't you -- because they're actually doing the job you merely pretend to do. They shame you by their genuinely balanced coverage, so you have to lie and accuse them of being what you are: ideological hacks, providing propaganda in order to advance a cause, while hiding the unhelpful truth.


Read his whole melt-down here:
http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2012-11-08-1.html

Also read someone who's been tracking Card's mental breakdown over the last 20 years here:
http://www.rickworley.com/2012/02/20/orson-scott-card-douchebags-of-comics/

George Bush Accidently Votes For Obama (satire)

From the Daily Currant:

Former U.S. president George W. Bush accidentally voted for Barack Obama today at a polling place near his Crawford, TX home.

According to local reports, the two-term Republican was confused by the instructions on his electronic voting machine and mistakenly cast a ballot he intended to discard.

"First of all, everything was very mismaladjusted on the screen. You shouldn't put the senators and the congresspeople and the presidents all jumbled together like that. It's too crowded. Just confuses folks."

Bush then explained that after marking the wrong candidate, he sought to correct his error by clicking the red "Cast Ballot" button, thinking that it was designed to 'cast away' the ballot and bring up a fresh one:

"Usually red means stop and green means go. I thought I was stopping"


Oh. My. God. How much I wish this were true, it's hysterically funny.

Whole thing here:
http://dailycurrant.com/2012/11/06/george-bush-accidently-votes-obama/

See how they happy they are while repressing people?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tommywes/14-students-voting-against-marriage-equality

Students from Northwestern College share why they are voting yes tomorrow for Minnesota's amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.


They look so earnest and happy in their belief and faith. They don't even think of it in terms of people or rights, only their faith and belief. They don't even think of it in terms of personal belief, only that it is unerringly right because it is their belief.

Look at them! They don't look angry or hateful, but they're still repressing people. They're holding one group down for absolutely no benefit to themselves, just because they believe it's the right thing to do. They'll cling to that belief and when the votes are tallied, they won't even ponder the term "Tyranny of the Majority."

I don't even know what to say about these young people. They have been told in no uncertain terms that they are doing the right thing, and they are totally incapable of examining that faith. It makes me so sad to see those smiling faces while invisibly behind them, gay kids are killing themselves because of bullying, because they're being told the same things that these smiling, earnest kids are being told...
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