Most annoying / idiotic / stupid / brainless quote ever, from Rick Santorum:
..science should get out of politics..
If it weren’t for my friend Paul, I would have lost my sh*t over this in a post a yard long. Thankfully, Paul pointed out that reality makes Santorum a non-issue:
Oh don’t worry, no one important is listening to him. His own state threw him out of office, he has NO budget for this election – he’s a pathetic joke. He’ll flail around, make some noise, and in 14 months, he’ll be forgotten.
Hopefully Paul won’t mind if I grind my teeth a little every time I hear Santorum‘s name.
Help stop the epidemic of suicides among gay kids. Take action now.
Theyoungboys in this photo strip killed themselves because of anti-gay bullying. Another gay teen, unnamed, attempted suicide in Tehachapi, California last week, and is currently on life support. As I wrote the previous sentence, news agencies reported the boy’s death. His name was Seth Walsh. He was the third bullied gay child to commit suicide in as many weeks.
While many acknowledge that bullying in schools is a major problem, it is particularly deadly for LGBT youth. LGBT kids are over 200% more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. A GLSEN study in 2005 reported that “Among students who identified themselves as LGBT, 90 percent had been bullied in the past year. Of these, 66 percent had been verbally abused, 16 percent physically harassed, and 8 percent had been assaulted.”
GLSEN, The Trevor Project, HRC and many other LGBT advocacy groups have been lobbying for years to get protections for LGBT youth written into anti-bullying laws. Curriculum changes, training for teachers, and requirements for reporting bullying incidents are all options on the table for legislators. The problem is, the legislation to move these critical programs and protections forward just isn’t being passed. Only 7 states have laws specifically prohibiting bullying on the basis of sexual orientation.
Why? Why aren’t these laws to protect students – laws that could have saved these boys lives – being passed?
At every level of government, groups like The Minnesota Family Council, Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the Family Policy Council of North Carolina, the American Family Association, and the Catholic Church are using their political influence to oppose and block laws, ordinances and policies that would save the lives of LGBT youth. They say that protecting LGBT students from bullying – protecting their lives – constitutes homosexual indoctrination of children. The bitter irony of their position is that anti-bullying law and policy is basically a codification of the Golden Rule (upon which “hang[s] all the law and the prophets”).
Please help me counteract these misguided, hateful people. Support the inclusive Safe Schools Improvement Act by signing the petition at stopstudentbullying.com. The petition will be automatically forwarded to your elected representatives. If you’re creatively inclined, record a video message to at-risk gay youth for Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project. For those willing to go the extra mile, consider supporting The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24/7/365 crisis hotline for gay teens.
This is the simple reality: so-called “Traditional Marriage” has changed and evolved so much over the centuries that a regression of only 50 years would yield a vastly different definition.
If you know me well, or perhaps study me for a bit (why would anyone do that?), you’ll know that I have an appreciation for simplicity. When addressing a problem, I break it down to its most simple realities. That’s probably why I love this video so much.
This is the simple reality: so-called “Traditional Marriage” has changed and evolved so much over the centuries that a regression of only 50 years would yield a vastly different definition. There is no statistical evidence that gay parents aren’t just as effective and loving as straight parents. Repeating the same inflammatory, baseless accusations doesn’t make them any less inflammatory or baseless.
“What better way could we honor the dead of the World Trade Center than to do the Terrorists heavy lifting for them?”
“The Terrorists who destroyed the buildings from which you could only see 45 Park Place as a dot on the ground wanted to force us to change our country to be more like the ones they knew. What better way could we honor the dead of the World Trade Center than to do the Terrorists heavy lifting for them?” – Keith Olbermann
“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.” – Pastor Martin Niemöller, former prisoner in Sachsenhausen and Dachau Concentration Camp.