Archive for constitutional amendment

VIDEO: Mitt Romney wants constitutional amendment qualifying him, GW Bush, Hoover, Herman Cain for president, but not Reagan

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How can anyone take this lying fool seriously? Why would anyone even consider allowing him into the White House? Forget about voting against President Obama for a moment, just for tiny moment.

How could someone vote for such an embarrassing candidate?

"I was speaking with one of these business owners who owns a couple of restaurants in town. And he said 'You know I'd like to change the Constitution, I'm not sure I can do it,' he said. 'I'd like to have a provision in the Constitution that in addition to the age of the president and the citizenship of the president and the birthplace of the president being set by the Constitution, I'd like it also to say that the president has to spend at least three years working in business before he could become president of the United States.'"

Hey, genius, that eliminates St. Ronnie, Eisenhower, and any number of GOP favorites.

Good grief, Willard, even when you don't open your mouth, it comes out wrong.

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Minnesota anti-marriage equality group targets Target for selling gay pride tee shirts

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Target is on the right side of this one. Kare11 is reporting that the anti-gay organization Minnesota for Marriage is coming down hard on the chain for next month's "Wear it with Pride" tee shirt promotion. The proceeds from sales of the tees will be donated to groups that are against a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

There are now a bevy of shirts with pro-gay themes on Target's website (and yes, I just wanted to say "bevy"). I wonder if they come with guarantees that the people who wear them won't magically turn gay or cause divorces among straight couples. Probably not.

The Deputy Campaign Manager for Minnesota for Marriage is accusing Target of now "trying to make nice" with supporters of marriage equality to compensate for their donations of a couple of years ago to a not-at-all-gay-friendly gubernatorial candidate (see video). Target got a whole lot of flak for that; and by flak I mean boycott efforts galore, among other things.

Target responded to Minnesota for Bigotry Marriage in a statement in which they referenced their " inclusivity and diversity" and their "long history of supporting the LGBT community."

Well, except for that whole contributing to the bigoted candidate thing.

H/t: My pal Jeff Wilfahrt, who you can read about here.

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Cartoons of the Day- North Carolina, Why?

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North Carolina Anti Gay Marriage Amendment Wins

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Good lord.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina voters have approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state to adopt such a ban.

With 35 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent against.

In the days before the vote, members of President Barack Obama's cabinet expressed support for gay marriage and former President Bill Clinton recorded phone messages urging voters to reject the amendment.

Meanwhile, supporters ran their own ad campaigns and church leaders urged Sunday congregations to vote for the amendment. The Rev. Billy Graham was featured in full-page newspaper ads supporting the amendment.

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Video- Reverend Doctor Barber Rebukes Media for Asking Wrong Questions About North Carolina's Amendment One

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Bernie Sanders offers constitutional amendment to strip corporations of First Amendment rights

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You go Bernie!! Too bad it won't get anywhere.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday proposed an amendment to the Constitution to exclude corporations from First Amendment rights to spend money on political campaigns.

The bill is a reaction to the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the government cannot put limits on election advertisements funded by corporations, unions or other groups. Democrats have charged that the decision essentially treats corporations as people that can enjoy First Amendment rights.

"Make no mistake, the Citizens United ruling has radically changed the nature of our democracy, further tilting the balance of power toward the rich and the powerful at a time when already the wealthiest people in this country have never had it so good," Sanders said.

"In my view, history will record that the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision is one of the worst decisions ever made by a Supreme Court in the history of our country."

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VIDEO: Rachel Maddow, parents of slain soldier on Minnesota’s anti-gay marriage amendment

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Back in April, I posted about Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt, two wonderful people and parents of a gay son who, sadly, was killed in Afghanistan only a few weeks ago. I met them when we did the Tim Corrimal radio show together, and we've been email friends ever since.

Andrew Wilfahrt is thought to be the first gay Minnesota soldier to die in the service of his country in the war in Afghanistan.

We know this is a cool family because Margie J. Phelps hates them.

But they've got Rachel on their side:

Rep. John Kriesel gave a passionate, moving speech against a Minnesota gay marriage ban in Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt's name. Rachel talks to Andrew's parents Jeff & Lori Wilfahert.

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