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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:30 PM
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Did you know that a CA proposition AGAINST civil rights for AAs actually passed in 1964?
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cap14-2010jan14...


Prop. 8 backers' procreation argument doesn't ring true
By George Skelton
Capitol Journal
January 14, 2010

....And admittedly I didn't pay much attention to the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008 when voters reinstated the ban on same-sex marriage, six months after the California Supreme Court had ruled that a previous ban approved in 2000 violated the state Constitution. I figured it was a gut vote for most people. ...

....The ballot argument focused heavily on "the outrageous decision of four activist Supreme Court judges who ignored the will of the people" in overturning the original 2000 ban on gay marriage.

What the electorate has joined together, let no court put asunder?

Nonsense. The voters sometimes get it wrong. One example: In 1964, Californians voted to continue racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing. They passed Prop. 14, an initiative that repealed legislation banning the bigotry. Fortunately, the Supreme Court overturned the voters' will. Today, no sane person would think of advocating racial discrimination in real estate.


Sometimes the will of the voters is NOT sacrosanct: the larger civil rights issues take precedence, just as they do in gay marriage.

Prop 8, like Prop 14 in 1964, will be overturned.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:36 PM
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1. kicking so the argument will not get lost.
:kick:
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lsewpershad Donating Member (964 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 01:17 PM
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62. Agreed
K&R so it doesn't
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VMI Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:37 PM
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2. I wonder if President Obama would have supported the states deciding in that case?
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:39 PM
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3. The 1964 one?
I don't know. I do know that it, like Prop 8, needed to be overturned.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:39 PM
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4. I love how people are unrec'ing for civil rights.
I guess we have a lot of RW trolls on board today.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:44 PM
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5. Two words "Supreme Court" ...
Since Roberts and Alito were voted in, I don't see lightning striking twice, especially if Prop 8 supporters win. If so, they'll just turn down the case.

Sorry to be the pessimist, but anything that doesn't adhere to right-wing values will not get justice with them.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:54 PM
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13. I just wonder if Scalia or one of the other nuts might surprise us since
Olsen is involved?
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:25 PM
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24. I can't imagine Scalia surprising anyone--unless Biden learns how to duck hunt.
:)
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:54 PM
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14. That worries me too.
I sometimes wonder if this co-opting of the cause by the likes of Ted Olson is an attempt to destroy it.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:45 PM
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6. This is why we have a court system...to keep us from the tyranny of
"the people."
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:48 PM
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8. Exactly.
Because the majority isn't always right.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:54 PM
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15. Letting the majority always decided is simply mob rule...n/t
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:58 PM
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17. The founders were very afraid of that.
Mobs bring witch hunts.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:04 PM
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26. People forget that sometimes.
That's why the founders put so many layers in this government.
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:46 PM
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7. Who the heck would unrec this? Maybe they just don't want to believe voters ever get it wrong?
This will be overturned.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:49 PM
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:51 PM
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10. I think that many haven't even read it.They assume it is a slam against AA's. They just don't read.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:56 PM
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16. 1964 should be a giveaway here that I'm making a civil rights argument
Sigh. :(
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:04 PM
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35. It seems that the message is getting through to some.
There's just no excuse for bigotry.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 07:13 PM
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51. Bigots.
NT!

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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:51 PM
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11. K+R
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:52 PM
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12. K&R
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foxfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:01 PM
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18. K&R
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:08 PM
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19. California has a long history of discrimination: IIRC, persons of Oriental descent were
were forbidden to own property until the mid 20th century, when the courts began to quash the old laws
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:10 PM
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20. And the farmers in calif were the movers and shakers behind interring the Japanese
in WWII, mainly to get the land.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:22 PM
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22. To get the land.
Yep. A long sordid history this state has on discrimination. Prop 8 is just the latest version.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:20 PM
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21. Exactly.
From the 19th century onward, the discrimination against Asians was horrific. Can you imagine a prop now against Asian housing?
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LooseWilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:36 PM
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31. Ahhh... the Yellow Menace
Good Times ...


:sarcasm: (in case it wasn't painfully obvious)
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:48 PM
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32. It actually caused certain "Gentlemen's Agreements" between American presidents
and China and Japan. I am reading about the Japanese agreement now. Teddy Roosevelt, who was afraid of a war with Japan at the time, couldn't get California on board, so he made an agreement with Japan that upper class Japanese--merchants, scholars, etc.--would be allowed in, while the poor and working class Japanese would not be. The chief issue in California was, surprise, the Japanese taking American jobs. American companies were guilty as sin, of course, but, especially in the San Francisco area, it was very, very bad for working class Japanese.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:26 PM
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29. I remember reading somewhere that Asian people were used
in gold mining in very unethical ways as well. It's atrocious.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:32 PM
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30. Yes. The railroad work was also deadly.
I have been reading some material on immigration in California for something I am writing, and there is a huge portion of about the abuse of Asian immigrants.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 01:31 AM
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60. Chinese laborers built the RR from the West, and Irish from the East. It was a man-killing job...
... especially for the Chinese laborers, due to the rugged mountains they had to blast through.

The Irish did most of their dying building the Erie Canal in the 1820s, when they were considered a great deal more expendable than the slaves the builders first thought of renting from the South.

Those were great engineering feats though.

Hekate
(and yes, I'm Irish)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcontinental_railroad
1863-1869
> The main workers on the Union Pacific were many ex-army veterans and Irish emigrants while most of the engineers etc. were ex-army men who had learned their trade keeping the trains running during the Civil War. The Central Pacific, facing a labor shortage in the labor short West, relied on Chinese laborers who did prodigious work building the line over and through the Sierra Nevada mountains and then across Nevada to a meeting in Utah.
> The transcontinental railroad is considered one of the greatest American technological feats of the 19th centurysurpassing the building of the Erie Canal in the 1820s and the crossing of the Isthmus of Panama by the Panama Railroad in 1855. It served as a vital link for trade, commerce and travel that joined the eastern and western halves of late 19th century United States.
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Caliman73 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:20 PM
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38. Yep
I think every minority group has been discriminated against in my state at one time, and even today. Even poor whites were discriminated against during the 1930's immigration due to the Dustbowl. Interracial marriage was illegal until 1948. For the reputation that California gets as a liberal state, it has a pretty ugly history regarding civil rights.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:24 PM
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39. +1
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:25 PM
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23. We also passed Prop 187 in 1994....
....that would've denied helth care, education, and welfare to undocumented immigrants.

That one didn't pass constitutional muster either.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:18 PM
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28. I remember that. I signed a petition against the prop saying that I would not
follow it as law if passed. It got torn apart in court.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:48 PM
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33. Made Pete Wilson look like an idiot, too.
Edited on Thu Jan-14-10 04:59 PM by Iggo
In fact, I still have a campaign button from 2000 that says "Bush: Peor que Wilson".

EDITED to add: It means "Bush: Worse than Wilson"
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:59 PM
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34. Yes it did.
Wilson backed it because it was popular among the GOP in CA. He knew damned well that it couldn't withstand constitutional muster--or corporate greed.
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Spheric Donating Member (512 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:25 PM
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25. K&R...
A point that needs to be remembered.
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:08 PM
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27. k & r n/t
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:05 PM
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36. WHAT THE F--K IS AN "AA"? Can't anyone write a sentence without acronyms any more?
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:06 PM
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37. Space issues.
@---->
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:38 PM
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45. You're not gonna tell me, are you.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:44 PM
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46. Spc in subj lines is limited.Contxt & following txt explns. LOL.nt
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:45 PM
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47. Tnx.
:)
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 11:02 AM
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61. I just wanted to tell you Hekate....that I have noticed your posts...
and I recognise that you are a very nice, kind and caring human being :).
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 02:24 PM
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64. Aww
:blush: Thank you.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:25 PM
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40. Yup, as much as Californians would like to believe otherwise,
Their state isn't the liberal mecca that it's portrayed as. California has had some of the most vile politicians in our history, and some of the most vile laws and actions of anywhere in the US.

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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:37 PM
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44. Yes. People seem to forget that.
Somewhere along the line, there was a perceptual shift.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:39 PM
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41. why do alcoholics in a 12-step program need special civil rights...?
aren't they covered under the ada now?
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:06 PM
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43. @--->------
:)
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:51 PM
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42. K&R
:patriot:
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greeneyedboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:50 PM
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48. k & r
Huh. Interesting.

Hopefully Perry v. Schwarzenegger will render the entire issue moot when Prop 8 is ruled an unconstitutional violation of the 14th amendment, akin to Amendment 2 in Romer v. Evans.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:52 PM
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49. Excellent find! It supports my view that our struggle is just like the struggle for AA equality.
Edited on Thu Jan-14-10 06:54 PM by Zhade
Both situations have involved a group of people being wrongly oppressed through the centuries for an inborn trait.

And like our brothers and sisters that prevailed, someday we too shall overcome.

Keep fighting!

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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 08:55 PM
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53. Yep.
:)
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gleaner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 07:01 PM
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50. I remember that ...
I volunteered as a young Democrat to help in the campaign against it. I was about 15 years old and like a lot of other people I worked very hard to make it fail. When it passed we were heartbroken. That was also when I was kicked by a Nazi as I was walking into a concert to raise money for opposition to Prop 14 at the Hollywood Bowl. They were all over the place in various permutations of Nazi uniforms carrying picket signs. My boyfriend went berserk and ran toward a really big one yelling, "I'm a Jew. Come get me pig." The Nazi tried to bash in his head with the picket sign, I tried to grab it so I would still have a boyfriend with a head, and the Nazi kicked me in the gut. Hard. A policeman finally broke it up and took him away. I went in with a very sore abdomen and enjoyed the concert.

I want Prop 8 to be overturned very much. I would even let one of its supporters kick me in the gut, if it would help. ;) I think it will be overturned though. Justice is long overdue on this.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 07:18 PM
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52. I love your courage. Thank you for that story.
: )

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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 09:12 PM
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55. @--->------ .... @--->------
:)
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 08:59 PM
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54. It should be illegal to propose or legislate any taking of rights from any group . . .
Edited on Thu Jan-14-10 09:00 PM by defendandprotect
The ONLY legal propositions should involve EXPANDING rights --

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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:50 PM
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58. According to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, it is.
NT!

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 10:02 PM
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73. Glad WE agree . . . !!!
:)
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 10:58 PM
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56. I was not aware of that
thank you for this
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Unvanguard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:05 PM
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57. Prop. 8 will be overturned by the voters, eventually. Probably not by SCOTUS. n/t
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 12:06 AM
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59.  K&R
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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 01:30 PM
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63. These ballot initiatives in California are
an inefficient way to govern. Having lived in CA for eight years, I haven't found one person who thinks this is an appropriate way to pass laws. The advertisements and fliers that accompany these propositions are confusing and often intentionally misleading. The average voter does not have the time or inclination to research every proposition that shows up on the ballot, so often just votes with his/her gut feeling.

I want an initiative to end ballot initiatives and let our legislators do the job we've elected them to do.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 02:28 PM
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65. I completely agree. Unfortunately it would take a constitutional amendment here.
The citizen initiatives may have been a viable idea when the state had a much, much smaller population, but it long ago simply began to hamper the ability of the elected government to get the job done. As it is now the group with the most money and energy (often negative energy) can get a proposition on the ballot and convince people to vote for it.

Hekate

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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 03:11 PM
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68. When we first moved here,
we were very conscientious voters, reading all the information about the initiatives so we could make an informed choice. As you well know, that isn't an easy thing to do, as both sides can be very convincing. Finally a lawyer told my son, just vote 'no' on any proposition as they were put on the ballot by special interests with a lot of money behind them. It seems to me, if we could get the majority of people to consistently vote 'no', then maybe special interest groups will quit financing them.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 03:29 PM
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69. I finally decided the same thing, but it took me more than 20 years to figure it out.
I pretty much vote No on everything now, unless the local Independent (weekly paper much better than the daily by a mile) gives a strong recommendation to something that it makes sense to try to support.

Hekate

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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 04:16 PM
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70. We have the Sac Bee here
When I'm in doubt I check out what the Sac Bee has to say. I don't always agree with them, but they are a lot easier to understand than the propaganda the special interests put out.
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8 track mind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 02:31 PM
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66. Wasn't RayGun governor at the time? n/t
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 06:14 PM
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71. No. Pat Brown was still in office until the next election. nt
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8 track mind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 09:54 PM
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72. Thanx n/t
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-16-10 09:37 PM
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75. not yet.
.
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varelse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 02:32 PM
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67. Yes, that is the reason for the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
The founders of our nation were well aware of the possibility of a simple majority of voters "getting it wrong" from time to time.
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 10:09 PM
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74. Spot on.
.
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