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Watch what happens when an ordinary citizen pulls over a cop for violating the law

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We say it all the time around here: people in great positions of authority must be held accountable. Police officers are supposed to be the enforcers of the law, but what happens when they themselves violate the law?

One concerned citizen in Washington state saw an officer who was in clear…

Check out the video. It’s pretty amazing.

Furious Over LGBT Rights, Huckabee Calls Tax Law For Churches ‘Ridiculous False Sword’

On Fox News, Mike Huckabee slammed the 1954 federal tax law that regulates churches and religious groups from endorsing political candidates.

Mike Huckabee appeared in a Fox News “Fox & Friends" segment this morning and before host Steve Doocy could even finish the intro, the former Arkansas governor unleashed a fury of anger.

The segment, “The Fight for Faith,” covered the right wing’s latest “religious liberty” battle, this time in Houston, Texas. 

Even before Democratic Mayor Annise Parker passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance in May, the religious right was out in force, fighting equality for LGBT people. Expecting litigation, Parker signed the bill into law but opted to place a hold on its effective date until any potential lawsuit were resolved.

One lawsuit came from a group of pastors, and in response, the City of Houston’s attorneys, apparently some working pro-bono, subpoenaed documents from several other pastors related to communications they had over the Equal Rights Ordinance. The subpoena reportedly included the word “sermons,” and now the religious right is claiming there actually is a separation of church and state — finally — and claiming this is a gross violation of their First Amendment rights.

Of course, it is not. 

If you file a lawsuit, there are usually subpoenas, and the pastors should not have been surprised.

But on Fox News, which regularly runs segments titled ”The Fight for Faith,” any attempt to hold pastors to the rule of law is an outrage.

David Edwards at the Raw Story notes that Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy this morning called the City of Houston’s attempts to discover information related to a case in which it is being sued “intimidation.”

“But at its core, when you realize what they’re trying to do, I am astounded at the lack of outrage across this country. Because clearly it’s intimidation, and everybody should be outraged that the city mayor is trying to stifle religious liberty!”

In this morning’s interview, Huckabee claimed “there is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits a pastor from saying anything he wants to. There’s this ridiculous sort of false sword that hangs over a lot of churches, the Johnson Amendment, dating back to 1954, which I believe is unconstitutional on its face. It’s never been tested. No church in America — not one church has ever lost its tax exempt status.”

“And here’s the point, this has been used by the government as a means to silence free speech, which is protected by the first amendment. As well as religious freedom, which is protected by the First Amendment.”

Of course, there was the requisite Fox News trampling and dismissing of transgender people, with Doocy stating that the pastors merely want to stop “men from using ladies’ restrooms and stuff like that.”

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I love how Huckabee has the balls to claim a voting rights infringement.

BTW-  If you use your church pulpit to sway politics, you have moved from a faith based organization to a political action committee.
It’s one thing to practice your religion on a personal level, but to force your dogma on others is fanaticism.
Religious extremism is dangerous. We see what religious fanatics are doing in the Middle East. The religious right who call themselves Christian Conservatives are more subtle, but they are just as dangerous.

dragvaeb:

missinglinc:

nikkisshadetree:

salemgirl0625:

nikkisshadetree:

cultureisnotacostume:

dynastylnoire:

trebled-negrita-princess:

piccolowasablackman:

isitscary:

zealkin:

ethiopienne:

wait why do they look like twins tho

white peopleeeeee

Kind of on the fence with this one. I read the article and it appears that they actually do care about the child, but are scared for her because their families and the town they live in are racist as fuck. They also both acknowledged that they may not really have the cultural competency needed to raise the baby, as they really didn’t have much contact with Black people until much later on in their lives.
So, it’s not so much that they are like EW MY BABY IS BLACK AND I WANT TO SUE THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SPERM BANK, it’s more so I SPECIFICALLY ASKED FOR A WHITE DONOR, AND WHILE I DO LOVE MY CHILD AND BONDED WITH HER IMMEDIATELY, THE SPERM BANK STILL WAS NEGLIGENT, AND NOW I AM SCARED BECAUSE I CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL MEANS TO PROPERLY CARE FOR MY CHILD
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-sperm-donor-lawsuit-met-20140930-story.html

i read the article and i understand like idki feel bad for the child that don’t deserve any of that going on.

Either way, that’s your fucking child, you asked for her, there you have it, if you LOVE the child like you claim you do… What’s the point in suing…

exactly

They’re only suing because they want money for what happened, which is whatever, but the women said that their community and families are racist, and sort of admitted that they were a little bit racist too. I feel sorry for this baby who has to grow up around all that ignorance.
-Allyssa

This kid is screwed. She has admittedly racist parents and will grow up in a racist town — all because of a sperm bank screw up.

They are right to sue the sperm bank but their lack of awareness is shocking.

I think they are aware enough to state that they are not culturally aware or sensitive, which is better than a bunch of white people who PURPOSELY create or adopt POC. I give them props for this. Meh, I can’t feel the ire against them that many seem to. I’m moreso worried about this child who is being raised by admittedly culturally insensitive parents.

What bothers me is that they admit that even their family doesn’t reslly accept the child. So their families and communities accept 2 lesbians but not a biracial baby who didn’t ask to be born? Then the lawyer says that one of them “Didn’t encounter an African American until entering college”. Like admitting that having a kid with black genes makes them personally uncomfortable. The subtle racism in this entire story is disgusting. That poor child has to grow constantly being reminded that she isn’t what her parents wanted and they only kept her because they had to. That’s shitty.

^^ especially now that it’s become a major news story.

"That poor child has to grow constantly being reminded that she isn’t what her parents wanted and they only kept her because they had to…"
Kinda like a gay child growing up constantly being reminded that s/he isn’t what his/her parents wanted and they only kept him/her because they had to. 
I have mixed feelings about this.. The sperm back indeed screwed up and needs to be held accountable. Period. — That being said, I think it’s time these women take their therapist’s advice and move or expand their friendship base for the benefit of their child. That little girl is going to need positive role models she’s obviously not going to get with the families of either these women.

dragvaeb:

missinglinc:

nikkisshadetree:

salemgirl0625:

nikkisshadetree:

cultureisnotacostume:

dynastylnoire:

trebled-negrita-princess:

piccolowasablackman:

isitscary:

zealkin:

ethiopienne:

wait why do they look like twins tho

white peopleeeeee

Kind of on the fence with this one. I read the article and it appears that they actually do care about the child, but are scared for her because their families and the town they live in are racist as fuck. They also both acknowledged that they may not really have the cultural competency needed to raise the baby, as they really didn’t have much contact with Black people until much later on in their lives.

So, it’s not so much that they are like EW MY BABY IS BLACK AND I WANT TO SUE THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SPERM BANK, it’s more so I SPECIFICALLY ASKED FOR A WHITE DONOR, AND WHILE I DO LOVE MY CHILD AND BONDED WITH HER IMMEDIATELY, THE SPERM BANK STILL WAS NEGLIGENT, AND NOW I AM SCARED BECAUSE I CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL MEANS TO PROPERLY CARE FOR MY CHILD

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-sperm-donor-lawsuit-met-20140930-story.html

i read the article and i understand like idk

i feel bad for the child that don’t deserve any of that going on.

Either way, that’s your fucking child, you asked for her, there you have it, if you LOVE the child like you claim you do… What’s the point in suing…

exactly

They’re only suing because they want money for what happened, which is whatever, but the women said that their community and families are racist, and sort of admitted that they were a little bit racist too. I feel sorry for this baby who has to grow up around all that ignorance.

-Allyssa

This kid is screwed. She has admittedly racist parents and will grow up in a racist town — all because of a sperm bank screw up.

They are right to sue the sperm bank but their lack of awareness is shocking.

I think they are aware enough to state that they are not culturally aware or sensitive, which is better than a bunch of white people who PURPOSELY create or adopt POC. I give them props for this. Meh, I can’t feel the ire against them that many seem to. I’m moreso worried about this child who is being raised by admittedly culturally insensitive parents.

What bothers me is that they admit that even their family doesn’t reslly accept the child. So their families and communities accept 2 lesbians but not a biracial baby who didn’t ask to be born? Then the lawyer says that one of them “Didn’t encounter an African American until entering college”. Like admitting that having a kid with black genes makes them personally uncomfortable. The subtle racism in this entire story is disgusting. That poor child has to grow constantly being reminded that she isn’t what her parents wanted and they only kept her because they had to. That’s shitty.

^^ especially now that it’s become a major news story.

"That poor child has to grow constantly being reminded that she isn’t what her parents wanted and they only kept her because they had to…"

Kinda like a gay child growing up constantly being reminded that s/he isn’t what his/her parents wanted and they only kept him/her because they had to.

I have mixed feelings about this.. The sperm back indeed screwed up and needs to be held accountable. Period. — That being said, I think it’s time these women take their therapist’s advice and move or expand their friendship base for the benefit of their child. That little girl is going to need positive role models she’s obviously not going to get with the families of either these women.

Justice Dept: HIV Criminal Law Should Reflect Science Facts

According to amfar.org, there are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States. Almost one-fifth (18.1 %) of those people don’t know they are infected. With those statistics, doesn’t it make sense to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS?

NEVER assume the person you are having sex with is free of disease. (S)he may not even be aware of his/her own status.

Take responsibility for your own sexual health.

The best way to avoid STIs is through abstinence. BUT, if you’re going to have sex, use a condom EVERY TIME!

Condoms are much less expensive than thousands of dollars a year in healthcare costs.

For questions about Safer Sex, start with Planned Parenthood.

There

s also the Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex.

There’s also the STD Project

…or you can ask the school nurse. ;P

(Source: projectqueer)

10 Terrifying Serial Killers (Who Are Free Right NOW!) by Matthew Santoro

This from a guy who kinda looks like he might have serial killer tenancies. :P

All kidding aside. The reason I’m posting this rather creepy video is the glaring statistic that the vast majority of serial killer victims are women. Let that sink in a minute. Still think there’s no such thing as ‘Rape Culture’?

What About Protection For LGBT Families??

#MarriageEquality What About Protection For #LGBT Families?? We’ve come a long way, baby. #PrideMonth

*Note: this piece has been sitting in my drafts folder for almost a year. Since then the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and several more states have struck down their anti-same sex marriage laws. A lot has changed since I wrote it, but the sentiment remains. I’ve witnessed the damage that happens to gay couples because they didn’t have the legal protections afforded to their heterosexual counterparts. This isn’t about hurting straight couples. This is about protecting LGBT couples. Nothing more.

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Anyone who has lived through the height of the AIDS crisis understands why Same Sex Marriage is necessary.

I’ve witnessed countless gay men lose everything as the families of their deceased partners swooped in like vultures, devouring everything in sight. It reminded me of the peasants picking through Scrooge’s things in the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. These family members weren’t close to the deceased. In most cases they had disowned their gay son. Some were so fearful of AIDS that they refused to come visit their son or brother in the hospital, leaving the survivor to care for his sick partner alone. — Strange. Where was their fear of HIV/AIDS when they were picking through the dead man’s belongings?

It pissed me off to no end seeing these cowards walk in after the fact and claim property simply because they were family. Where was their “Family Values” when their relative was sick??

One woman had the arrogance to tell a friend of mine that his 15 year relationship with her brother was nothing more than playing house. “My husband and I have been married for ten years,” she said. “You two may have lived together, but it was not love.” WHAT?? Was she out of her friggin mind??

One of my friends challenged his deceased partner’s family. The father, who was a lawyer, told his son’s partner, “I have infinite resources. You will go bankrupt if you try to challenge me.” My friend’s case never made it to court. He was forced to move less than a year later.

Those are just two examples of the complete disregard for and discrimination of LGBT families. Did you know it is legal to fire someone simply because he or she is Gay in 29 states? Twenty-Nine States! That’s the reason ENDA is so important. AND… Gays and Lesbians can be DENIED housing in another 29 states. What the hell!

“But what about the children?”

Yeah. Conservatives love to hold children hostage over every issue they don’t approve of. For some reason, they think legalizing Same-Sex Marriage will somehow interfere with the raising of their children. I don’t understand the resistance to educating children, in an age appropriate way, about the world around them. Besides, what of the Gay and Lesbian couples who are raising children? Where is the protection for their families?

If the foundation or your marriage so fragile that it would crumble under the weight of another couple’s happiness, I feel sorry for you.

Here’s the thing. Same Sex Marriage is a conservative idea. It’s personal liberty. It’s “Family Values”

Fifteen years ago, when the idea of Same-Sex Marriage was in it’s infancy, I may have settled for Civil Unions, but Civil Unions are NOT equal to Marriage. A Marriage grants you 1,138 federal rights, protections and responsibilities   A Civil Union does not.

Depending on which state you live, it will cost you between $50 and $100 for a Marriage license. In order to acquire some of (but not all) those rights an LGBT couple must hire a lawyer and spend hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars. Why do I need to make a lawyer rich just to enjoy the same rights as any two strangers can get just because they said, “I Do” at a Las Vegas Drive-Thru wedding chapel?

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It heartens me to see that we have accomplished so much since I first drafted this post. At this moment nineteen states and the District of Columbia have given the ‘go ahead’ to same sex marriage. We still have a long way to go, but I cannot overlook the accomplishments of just this last year. LGBTs and their allies have much to be proud of.

Happy Pride Month Everybody!

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Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Ban On Gay Marriage

Holy iSht! This is HUGE!!

(Source: showthemwhat)

Stuff you should know: Brunei's anti-gay laws could endanger LGBT people worldwide

gaywrites:

The sultan of Brunei, a tiny country on the island of Borneo, has decided to impose Sharia law into the country’s penal code. Among other torturous punishments, the new law means the death penalty for homosexuality. 

The United Nations has spoken out fiercely against the law, but the sultan and foreign minister won’t budge. It’s causing localized controversy in the United States, too, as the sultan personally owns a number of hotels in Los Angeles. But the international implications are far greater, as BuzzFeed notes: 

Brunei is tiny country, but its plans could have a wider impact. “It is definitely of major concern in Indonesia and Malaysia,” said Indonesian LGBTI activist Dédé Oetomo, where Islamist politicians have made similar, though yet unsuccessful, attempts.

Brunei is part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) along with countries including Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, which is working towards greater cultural and economic ties throughout the region.

A fight broke out in 2012 over an unsuccessful effort to include language protecting LGBTI people in an ASEAN human rights declaration, and this could further polarize ASEAN around LGBTI issues. It also could embolden anti-LGBTI forces in Malaysia, which is also officially a Muslim nation.

There’s a lot going on with this story, with new developments seemingly every day. But even though the country is the size of Delaware, these laws could have a major influence around the world. This story will definitely be around for a while, so keep an eye out for more. 

When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Deny All Health Care To Women And Not Just Birth Control

bspolitics:

If the supreme court upholds Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom BS, my head is going to explode.

People use God for all kinds of evil things. Why not use it to deny workers healthcare too?

BREAKING: Appeals court suspends same-sex marriages in Michigan until at least Wednesday, citing the injury to bigots and homophobes.

(via teapartycat)

How dare those homosexuals think “Liberty and Justice for All” pertains to them! :\

What Kind of Ass**** Shoots a Gun Into a Car Full of Teenagers?

There is an ongoing battle in my neighborhood between residents and teenagers in parked cars blaring loud music. Not once, in the years that I’ve been living here, has any of us pulled a gun on one. single. teenager.

Not once!

To be sure, blaring your music at top volume, with the bass up so high it shakes my house, is inconsiderate at best. It shows a lack of respect for your neighborhood. It shows the world that you’re the worst kind of ass who’s probably trying to overcompensate for some major insecurities. But it’s not reason enough for me, or anyone for that matter, to take a life.

Most of the time, as with Mr Davis and his pals, it’s just teenagers being teenagers. They haven’t had enough life experience to understand that the people who live in these houses have to get up in the morning to go to jobs they hate, jobs that don’t pay very much, so that they can pay an outrageous amount of rent. They don’t need to listen to some punk kid showing off his bad taste in music. Oh… Don’t think you have bad taste in music? Just wait until you’re an old head like me and some snot nosed kid blasts your house with whatever passes for music at that point.

But I’m in a residential neighborhood where there’s a certain expectation of a reasonable noise level. Something just above a whisper would be nice, but probably unrealistic. Mr Dunn was at a gas station where there is no such expectation.

He was at a friggin gas station convenience store, for crying out loud! It is reasonable to expect that there will be lots of noise! Hell, it’s almost guaranteed!

I wasn’t on that jury so there’s no way of knowing what the hell was going on during deliberations. But there’s one fact that I just can’t get past. After shooting ten rounds into an SUV full of teenagers, Dunn left the gas station and drove 40 miles away to a bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, where he “walked his dog, ordered a pizza, and drank rum and cola.

A normal human being would have called for an ambulance.

But then, a normal human being wouldn’t have fired a gun into an SUV full of teenagers over loud music.

What an ass****!

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