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Separation of Powers

One of the big complaints recently about Obama has been that he is acting like a king or dictator, doing end-runs around Congress such as allowing illegal aliens to avoid being deported. After all, we have three branches of government to provide checks and balances. So it surprised me when Ted Cruz said Monday that […]

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John Fugelsang

I want to welcome John Fugelsang to my blogroll. Well, at least his twitter feed. Fugelsang got my attention recently with the quote “Ted Cruz is the Abraham Lincoln of Sarah Palins.” His motto is: “Jesus never called the poor ‘lazy’, fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes or asked a leper for a […]

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Stuck in the Middle with You

It is almost enough to make you feel sorry for Jeb Bush. The headline in the New York Times reads “Jeb Bush Seems to Shift Tone in His Praise of Indiana Law“. Yes, presidential candidate Jeb Bush is now backing away from his formerly full-throated support for the Indiana “religious freedom” law that is causing […]

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Onward Religious Objections

On Thursday, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law. This bill is also known as the “Religious Objections” act, because it allows business owners to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation, as long as they do it because of religious beliefs. The bill was opposed by the (Republican) […]

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Republican Voters Support Gay Marriage

A new set of polls from NBC News and Marist College are even more surprising than expected. The expected parts are that Republican voters don’t like presidential candidates who support things like Common Core, immigration reform, doing something about climate change, or raising taxes on the wealthy. The surprise part is that opposition to gay […]

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Beating a Dead Horse

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), in a craven attempt to burnish his ultra-conservative credentials (probably for the upcoming Republican presidential primary), has introduced a bill that would strip federal benefits from same-sex couples and leave it up to the states to restrict marriage as the union of one man and one woman. On his website, Cruz […]

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The 70% Solution

Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage yesterday. That means that 70% of Americans live in a state where same-sex couples can marry, and marry they did. While a story like this isn’t ironic anymore, that in itself is what is ironic about it. Yes, there are a few people in Florida who […]

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Fox News Commits Irony

And Fox even admits it. A Fox News article about “traditional marriage” was illustrated with the following photo of two newly married people kissing: Where’s the irony? The “groom” in the photo is a woman. The photo was widely reported as the first gay couple to be married at the Empire State building, back in […]

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Obvious

About the time that Jonathan Saenz became the president of Texas Values, he was going through a divorce. But court documents from the divorce have now become public, which may explain why Saenz became one of the most active lobbyists against gay rights (endorsing gay conversion therapy and even siding against anti-gay bullying victims). According […]

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One step forward, Many steps back

The Texas Republican Party gave a rare victory to gay rights advocates this week by removing language that stated that “homosexuality tears at the fabric of society” that has been in the party platform for decades. But instead, they inserted a new plank that recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy […]

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Straight Talk

I lived in Texas for ten years, and one of the things I always liked about it was that people would talk straight about difficult subjects. This broadcast by Dale Hansen from a Dallas TV station proves that the tradition is still alive, even when it means straight talking about someone who isn’t straight. UPDATE: […]

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I am so going to miss Colbert’s conservative persona

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Family Matters

Charles Cooper was a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department and was named “Republican lawyer of the year”, but he is more recently famous for defending California’s ban on gay marriage (Prop 8) in front of the Supreme Court. He lost. Ironically, Cooper now finds himself planning his daughter’s gay marriage. Cooper learned […]

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Intolerance

I’ve been watching the kerfuffel about Mozilla (the nonprofit that produces the Firefox browser among other things) and its new CEO with quite a bit of interest. Personal interest, because to me Brendan Eich is better known as the creator of the JavaScript language, which I use to earn my living. And political interest, because […]

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Religious Rights and Wrongs

Concerning Arizona’s bill allowing businesses to use religious beliefs as an excuse to refuse service (in particular, to gays). You know, I’m all for allowing people to exercise their valid religious beliefs. However, bigotry, hatred, and intolerance are simply not valid religious beliefs. And any religion that practices such beliefs should lose their tax exempt […]

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