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Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Moveon.org has video of a speech Hillary Clinton gave to the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing, 1995. It was brought out due to phrasing last week of “gay rights are human rights” said somewhere and the similarity to Hillary’s claim that ‘women’s rights are human rights” in 1995.

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Coincidentally after viewing the video, I caught this segment on NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ entitled the ‘Insidious Tradition of Taking Child Brides.’  A guest on the show was Stephanie Sinclair, a photographer, who did a photo story for National Geographic on child brides.  Ms. Sinclair has a remarkable website with various photo shoots from around the world, one of the most searing on self-immolation.

Nujood Ali is mentioned specifically by Ms. Sinclair in the interview with NPR.  Nujood was forced into a marriage at the age of 9.  Seeking a divorced at the age of 10 – she was the “first child bride in her country to demand and get a divorce.”  She has an amazing story, and she also met up with Hillary Clinton in 2008 when Ms. Clinton was honored with Glamour Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award.

Here’s another clip of Hillary Clinton in her inimitable way laying it down during questioning from Rep. Christopher Smith, (R-NJ) on reproductive rights.  As an aside, notice Rep. Smith’s reference of:  “I yield to the distinguished gentleman.”  You’ll never convince me you care about women when using language that doesn’t recognize them for who they are.

 

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The Ick Factor

Do these people ever fucking grow up?   Didn’t ‘ick’ go the way of ‘cooties’ way back when I was in 3rd grade. All right, maybe it was 5th grade.  Still…..

From Crooks & Liars, an interview conducted by Ariel Levy – The New Yorker magazine.

“I do believe that God created male and female and intended for marriage to be the relationship of the two opposite sexes,” he said. “Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn’t work the same.”

I asked him if he had any arguments that didn’t have to do with God or ickiness. “There are some pretty startling studies that show if you want to end poverty it’s not education and race, it’s monogamous marriage,” he said. “Many studies show that children who grow up in a healthy environment where they have both a mother and a father figure have both a healthier outlook and a different perspective from kids who don’t have the presence of both.”

It always gets me that THIS man is supposedly a minister of God – which God, I’m not sure.

Coeur d’Alene Hate Crime

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Rachel Dolezal is the education director for the Human Rights Education Institute based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  She has an MFA from Howard University, and this above is one of the ‘pieces’ I happened to find on her ‘blog’ where she has some a good number of pieces using different textures and techniques.   Rachel’s artwork graces the HREI website as well.

Rachel lives in Spokane, Washington and this past Sunday she found a noose “just outside the front door” of her home.  Last week – as NWCN reports – there was a burglary at her home wherein some things were stolen including a couple of guns and “$13,000 worth of personal belongings.”

Earlier this year, Dolezal said, several white supremacists confronted her while she was working at the institute.

“They asked me if I am biracial, then asked where I live and where my son goes to school,” she said.

Dolezal found it disconcerting but gave them a tour of the building’s exhibits and invited them to future events. Continue reading

We Are Being Murdered Like Mice in a Lion’s Den

Update: I should’ve placed a warning with the video; it’s graphic. It made me cry because I just think of my nephews who are this age.tiny-divIt’s hard to read and harder still to watch….

via Twitter / Search – #iranelection.

We are being murdered like mice in a lion’s den!!! BUT WE STILL FIGHT!!! The world just watches. #tehran #iranelection half a minute ago from web

Neda Soltan’s family ‘forced out of home’ by Iranian authorities http://tinyurl.com/lxjw5p#IranElection #Revolution half a minute ago from web

News reports: Slaughter in Iran: shooting, chopping, beating, throwing off bridges. Mass arrests. #Iranelection half a minute ago from web


Memorandum on Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

This afternoon President Obama signed a memorandum extending “some federal benefits to same-sex partners of US government workers, in what he said was a historic step towards equality for gays and lesbians.”  I’m not real clear if this is about “couples” as opposed to domestic partners (single, but residing together).

No health insurance benefits.  No repeal of DOMA.

John Aravois – per his usual – went off on President Obama not doing enough, not going far enough, and no longer getting any slack.  The president has been in office for five (5) months and folks  are already “giving up” on him.

Never ever underestimate the ability or willingness of a member of Congress of either party to screw his people for a better offer.  HRC attends the White House ceremony, Barney Frank lauds a brief comparing us to pedophilia and incest.

We are on our own folks.  The Democratic party has abandoned us.

Much of the nuance is apparently lost on me.

This evening then on Rachel Maddow’s show, a guest cited that the president doesn’t repeal law.  It will take a bill, thus Congress.  Thus

But Obama said as he signed the memorandum that he was committing to overturning the act.

“Today marks a historic step towards the changes we seek, but I think we all have to acknowledge it is only one step.

“Among the steps we have not yet taken is to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

“I believe it is discriminatory, it interferes with states’ rights and we will work with Congress to overturn it.”

Obama has said he believes marriage is a sacred union between a man and woman, though supports same-sex civil unions, and describes himself as a “fierce advocate” of gay and lesbian rights.

Some time ago I got a twitter from Blue Gal to read a blog post written by an attorney who had read the brief and was taking issue with some points ‘brought out’ by John Aravois in his writings about DOMA, and the more recent signing of the memorandum from today.

I don’t get the need to rush in judging Obama after five months in office.  We’re just starting. Keep working on the issues while giving the bitchin’ a bit of a rest.  And lighten up on the bullshit as well.

Being Eaten Alive by Hate

After being exposed to the likes of Zeb Bell, it is quite startling to actually ‘see’ such hatred in action as has been so in the forefront of the news cycle over the past weeks, specifically the last two weeks.

The bottom line for me: These are people who cannot stomach the idea of a black man as president regardless of the overwhelming response that brought out people in electing that man.  Thus, you have men like James W. von Brunn, who are indeed consumed with such hatred that even at the age of 88 or 89 he would enter a museum in the middle of the day armed with a rifle – to make what point?

He was a twisted kook with a toxic hatred for Jews and blacks who vowed to go out “with his boots on.”‘

“I’m in a state of shock, but I’m not surprised he did it,” von Brunn’s ex-wife told the Daily News. “He used to make the statement that he was going out with his boots on. I took it to mean that he was going to go out and try to take some people with him.”

More recently, the former New Yorker questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate in online screeds.

It was unclear if something specific triggered his museum rampage – but the attack followed Obama’s denunciation of Holocaust deniers.

Public records briefly listed von Brunn at an address in Hayden, Idaho, where the Aryan Nations once had a compound.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said it monitored him closely but that in the twilight of his life, von Brunn appeared to be more talk than action.

Mr. von Brunn hanging out with the Aryan Nations in northern Idaho should provide a sharper perspective into his mindset.  He had a website: holywesternempire.com

The Liberal Curmudgeon has up thoughts from April 4, 2009 following the release of the report from DHS and their concern of and the ‘rise in rightwing extremist activity’ and the backlash directed at director Janet Neapolitano.  There is video of Joe Scarborough blasting the report for ‘focusing on veterans’ with their typical distortions and prevarications.

The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” saying the economic recession, the election of America’s first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.

…”It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.

The bottom line – Mr. von Brunn may be celebrated in a few quarters consumed by hatred,  notwithstanding – HE IS A TERRORIST.   Domestic to be sure, but STILL a domestic terrorist.  No less than Mr. Roeder

Enough with the Special Rights Bullshit!

Religious freedom is the first right guaranteed to us in the First Amendment. Special rights for homosexuals receive no explicit mention in the Constitution whatsoever. Yet now we must choose between liberty and the homosexual agenda because, it turns out, we can’t have both.

Thus ended the latest ‘opinion’ missive from Mr. Bryan Fischer – one who some routinely address as ‘the village idiot’ – that was spotted last week in the pages of the Idaho Statesman.   Every once in awhile I’d mull it around attempting to find some concise way to address its scatteredness, and still finding it so disjointed it’s rendered illogical and laughable.

In the first sentence Mr. Fischer turns the attention onto Amy Herzfeld directly.   She had previously written a piece submitted to The Idaho Statesman as a representative of one organization making up a coalition of groups encouraging equity in workplace protections by an amending of the Idaho Human Rights Act (IHRA) to include sexual orientation and gender identity.  The tone is such that it feels as those Fischer is attacking Herzfeld – subtle condescension, you might say. Continue reading

Don’t Come to Work Dressed in Drag

Could we just be more ignorant?  Please…..

Darlene’s World was the spotter on this.

Senate Democrats opposed reconfirming northern Idaho Republican Ruthie Johnson to the nine-member Commission on Human Rights after she said employers should be able to fire workers for wearing clothing meant for the opposite sex.

At her April 3 confirmation hearing, the 85-year-old Johnson was asked if gays should be protected from workplace discrimination.

She responded, “If someone comes to work dressed in drag, they should be able to fire them,” according to meeting minutes.

As one commenter at the Idaho Statesman wrote:

So, the Grand Wizard didn’t make the cut?

Pretty damned close.  Johnson’s confirmation ultimately was approved on a party-line vote.  85 years old and still ignorant.

As this commenter noted (slfisher, April 09 at 3:41 p.m)

You know, it’s interesting. If it weren’t for organizations such as the Human Rights Commission, someone 85 years old might have been told they were too old for the job. Fortunately we have protections against age discrimination. Ironic, isn’t it?

Irony? I don’t know that ole’ Ruthie will see the dichotomy there, Sharon. It’s a bit on the ‘deep side’ and she doesn’t seem to be much of a swimmer.

Heads UP! Rally on the 4th of April

For more information visit http://idahoansforfairness.org and help pass the Idaho Human Rights Act Amendment. (IHRAA)

The IHRAA will protect LGBT Idahoans from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment, housing education and public accommodations.

What’s Next, Mr. Stevenson?

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With all the ongoing hullabaloo surrounding Mr. Bell and his Broadcast Bigots, I found this a bit disconcerting. Mr. Bell boasted that he had ‘confronted’ someone about something they said …. about him.  Someone he claimed was a blogger.  Someone, he also claimed he asked very nicely to accompany him to a nice meeting so he could be told “that to my face.”  I’m not real clear on what THAT might be. I do have a few non-nice suspicions however, and I’ll just bet real money it involves ‘John Wayneing up.’

As The Political Game had it, the newspaper for Magic Valley, The  Times-News, published a letter to the editor entitled ‘Idaho is too great for hate” written by a gentleman from the Boise area; a nice ‘supportive’ letter.  Directly underneath however was the comment section in which this was left. Continue reading