Perkins: Obama the Tyrant!

President Obama, via the Justice Department, finally filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the Supreme Court in support of the repeal of California’s Proposition 8. Tony Perkins would like you to believe that this makes President Obama a Tyrant – he’s the leader of a free nation, who is exercising his power to overturn a measure literally voted into law by the people of a state.

To the 7,001,084 Californians who exercised their constitutional right to protect marriage, the President’s decision is a deep betrayal of the democratic process and America’s identity of political diversity.

– Tony Perkins,  president of The Family Research Council.

Well, here’s the reality: 7,001,084 Californians perverted the democratic process in their state by using it to insert their personal and religious beliefs into the state constitution, therein disenfranchising a minority of their hard-won fundamental rights. They did this even though there was no rational basis for the law; the law was solely an implementation of legal discrimination based on religious beliefs.

President Obama is (finally) exercising his authority as President of the United State to defend and protect The Constitution of the United States, and the rights granted therein. If President Obama is a tyrant for filing a brief, The Emancipation Proclamation must have made President Lincoln the worst tyrant in the history of the world. By executive order, President Lincoln freed every slave in the South, against the express beliefs of half of the nation.

Shepard Fairey releases a new, dark twist on the Obama Hope Poster.

Shepard Fairey, creator of the iconic (and much-litigated) Obama Hope poster, has released a new poster in support of the Occupy movement.

Shepard Fairey, creator of the iconic (and much-litigated) Obama Hope poster, has released a new poster in support of the Occupy movement. It promises to be just as controversial (and litigious, I’d bet).

Occupy Hope Poster

Take the jump for a look at the original poster…

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A vision for high-speed rail in the USA.

What do you think the chances are that the Republicans will let this plan survive?

The Federal Railroad Commission has published it’s vision for High Speed Rail in America. Thanks to the Administration’s emphasis on infrastructure projects, the department is working with the States to plan, develop or upgrade lines to connect major cities across a number of rail corridors throughout the U.S.

The Federal Railroad Commission's vision for high-speed rail in America, as a map of current and proposed lines.
The Federal Railroad Commission's vision for high-speed rail in America, as a map of current and proposed lines.

Imagine whisking through towns at speeds over 100 miles an hour, walking only a few steps to public transportation, and ending up just blocks from your destination. Imagine what a great project that would be to rebuild America.
                                                                      – President Obama.

I’m all for it, rail is my favorite way to travel. The only think I think is missing is a fourth line across the south to connect DC to the West Coast.
What do you think the chances are that the Republicans will let this plan survive?

Dear Mr. President.

My letter to the President RE: his “fierce advocacy”. I ask him to support an immediate repeal of ENDA and DADT.

Dear Mr. President:

On the campaign trail, you promised the LGBT community that you would be a “fierce advocate” for our human rights. We believed we’d found a hero that would champion our cause, and we cast our support behind you and the Democratic Party on an unprecedented scale.

Mr. President, you have not lived up to your promise. Your advocacy thus far could be described as perfunctory. A former Bush Administration lawyer, Ted Olson, has been a far more “fierce” advocate for LGBT rights than anyone in your administration. That is, quite simply, disgraceful.

Mr. President, stay the discharge of LGBT service members under DADT, and support a full and immediate repeal of the policy. Demand the immediate passage of ENDA. Anything less than this is a betrayal of your promise, and a further illustration that the “Politics of Yesterday” are your politics.

Sincerely,

Aaron T. Akins     8/16/2010

This letter is the second in a series of letters I’ll be posting to this site. I will send the letters via USPS on (red) cards from Hallmark.

Oil in the marshes..

The desperation in the voice of this Parish leader is just heartbreaking.. is “everything we can” going to be enough?

The desperation in the voice of this Parish leader is just heartbreaking.

 
So what do you think? Is the government doing all it should be? What about BP?

My take on this is a bit fatalistic, I guess. I have a feeling that even if the government and BP really are/were using all the resources at their disposal, the scope of this disaster would still overwhelm them..