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A Populace Pump For Electile Dysfunction

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Electile Dysfunction

It doesn't get much funnier than this -- and what candidate hasn't worried at one time or another of suffering from "ELECTILE DYSFUNCION?" This one may actually give you a boner, er, Boehner. See if the orange-tinged House Speaker knows the difference as his opponent seeks to pump up the votes against him.

From Raw Story:

House Speaker John Boehner’s Tea Party challenger in the Ohio Republican primary, J.D. Winteregg, released a parody advertisement today that accuses the speaker of suffering from “Electile Dysfunction.”

The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC decided to back Winteregg after internal polling revealed that only 25 percent of Rep. Boehner’s constituents favored him over a generic Tea Party challenger. The PAC initiated a “two-pronged approach” similar to the one that Scott Brown used to catapult him into office: a dedicated “ground game” on the local front coupled with a national fundraising campaign.

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Told ya so, frackers: Ohio geologists see link between fracking, sudden burst of earthquakes

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In a previous post, Frackers set sights on largest oil shale reservoir in US... near CA's San Andreas fault, I couldn't help but wonder how greedy Big Oil could ignore the terrorizing prospect of triggering the San Andreas Fault to erupt into The Big One. Apparently, the health of so many people and of our fragile environment means nothing to California frackers.

Did I just say "California frackers"? My bad. I meant Ohio frackers, too. Along with any other frackers, for that matter.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that in Ohio, geologists have found a connection between fracking and earthquakes. Clearly, they've been in contact with Captain Obvious. L.A. Times, previously:

"The process of reinjecting drilling fluids into the ground is thought by some to stimulate minor seismic activity around drilling pads, dubbed 'frackquakes.'"

Take it away, Captain Obvious:

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Ohio geologists have found a probable connection between fracking and a sudden burst of mild earthquakes last month in a region that had never experienced a temblor until recently, according to a state report.

The quake report, which coincided with the state’s announcement of some of the nation’s strictest limits on fracking near faults, marked the strongest link to date between nerve-rattling shakes and hydraulic fracturing -- the process of firing water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth to eject oil and natural gas out of ancient rock.

Last month, Ohio indefinitely shut down Hilcorp Energy’s fracking operation near the Pennsylvania border after five earthquakes, including one magnitude-3 temblor that awoke many Ohioans from their sleep. [...]

They “believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,” the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said in a statement about the Poland, Ohio, operation.

You just know what frackers will do with the "unknown" word. How did former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld mangle it again? Oh yes:

And how did Hilcorp Energy mangle the truth again? Oh yes. They said they are “fully committed to public safety and acting in a manner consistent with being a good corporate citizen.” Because, hey, corporations are people, too, and they're the best corporate citizens EVER.

Sorry, Hilcorp, but you're no "citizen," but you are a disgrace. Hate to say we environmentally-aware types told you so about that whole "frackquake" thing, but well, we told you so. And don't get us started on climate change, the fracking chemicals that contaminate groundwater, and drought.

Speaking of which, if you've never seen Josh Fox's "Gasland," now's your chance. Our own lwdgrfx posted the entire video here.

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Time to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

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Back in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment, which guaranteed equal rights for women, passed both houses of Congress but couldn't get enough states to ratify it. As a result, women today are still struggling for equal rights. In 2014. Still struggling to be treated equally. Um what? But... but... Republicans say there's no War on Women.

Luckily, women who are abandoning their binders have discovered they have many strong allies, including one with a particularly effective voice: Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who is currently hoping to unseat Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted.

My Twitter pal Portia Boulger took part in a kickoff event at which Sen. Turner was the keynote speaker, a fundraiser calling for voters' rights and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She emailed me this enthusiastic comment:

Power! Unity! Magic! That’s what we all experienced as we sat spellbound listening to Ohio Senator Nina Turner speak. Those who were fired up when they entered were ablaze when they left. The lady is on FIRE! Because of her willingness to join us, there are many more who are joining our fight to build a nationwide campaign to extend Voter Rights and ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Regular readers know how important fighting voter suppression and standing up for women are to The Political Carnival (scroll). The Progressive Democrats of America are helping us fight these battles:

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Via Progressive Democrats of America (PDA):

Turner also supported the PDA in its efforts concerning the Equal Rights Amendment, calling it “a beautiful thing” and noting that the best way people can get their voices heard is when they go to the polls.

“We are all equal when we go to vote,” Turner said. [...]

“Women have been relegated to second-class citizens,” Turner said.

Tammy Simkins, co-founder of ERA Action, told attendees that people must be united and that her grassroots organization is seeking to “bring attention to the fact that women are not equal in 2014.”

She added that she believes voting rights “are under attack” and that change is needed.

The Tea With The Friends Of Alice Paul took place on March 22nd. At about 9:40 in the video below, Tammy Simkins said that 9 of the 15 unratified states are pushing ERA legislation at the state level. She also said that Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are backing federal legislation, which brings the total number of senators supporting the bill to 34:

More at The Chillicothe Gazette.

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Speaks at ArcelorMittal, Cleveland, Ohio 3:40p EDT

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Raw: George Takei Leads 'Chicken Dance' at Oktoberfest in Ohio

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It's always a good time for The Chicken Dance. More here.

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What's that smell? Why, it's the smell of Obama victory: US judge dismisses suit against Dodd-Frank Wall St. reform law

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Note to Republicans: Cordray was confirmed, so any questions about the legality of his appointment went bye-bye. Time to...

stfu shut your pie hole

To rub salt into that GOP wound, a U.S. district judge has now granted the Obama administration's motion to dismiss a  lawsuit filed by Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and others who did not have standing to challenge the Dodd-Frank law.

Judge, short version: No harm, no foul. Now get outta here.

Take that, attorneys general of all eleven states.

Via the L.A. Times:

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Texas bank, two free-market advocacy groups and 11 states against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, saying they did not show the likelihood of financial harm from the new government authority.

The suit specifically targeted the centerpiece of the law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, charging the agency was granted too much power and that its director, Richard Cordray, was installed unconstitutionally with a recess appointment in 2012.

If Republicans would stop wasting everyone's time and money going after Dem-supported laws, maybe we could get a few things done around here.

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A Love Story

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This is a feel good/feel bad story. But most of all, it should make you feel.

Two people meet and fall in love. They're both 27 at the time and spend the next twenty years together. Sadly, ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease (always fatal) strikes one of the partners. Time is running out and the inevitable must be faced. Plans for burial.

The dying partner, John Arthur wanted his survivor to receive the earned benefits from his years of work. But even more pressing was the fact that the burial plots that had been purchased by the Arthur family stipulated that for John's spouse to be buried in the family plot, the two must be legally married. So, after 20 years, they applied to be married. And the state of Ohio refused them a license.

With only a few weeks left, maybe only days, the two received donations from friends as they didn't have enough money -- illness and no Obamacare to cover them -- to fly by private plane (commercial flights were out of the question as John is bed ridden) to Maryland where they could be married. But they faced their big challenge when they came home for the last time. Would Ohio acknowledge this out of state marriage? Could this loving couple spend their final hours together without worrying about the state of their future and whether they could remain side by side in the cemetery? Could John Arthur pass peacefully with his partner at his side for eternity?

But this wasn't just any marriage. It was a same sex marriage between John Arthur and his spouse James Obergefell.

Monday, the two men sued Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Cincinnati doctor responsible for approving death certificates. Obergefell and Arthur asked a judge to overturn existing Ohio law - which doesn't recognize same-sex marriage - to allow Obergefell to be listed as surviving spouse on Arthur's death certificate and for it to show that Arthur's marital status at death as married.

Monday they won. Arthur has but a few days left, perhaps even as this is posted, the end will be here. But this story goes to show you how love and perseverance, coupled with a fair interpretation of the law is now possible since DOMA was struck down. Hopefully soon there won't have to be stories like this -- but merely of two consulting adults being able to love and marry one another, in sickness and in health, and to be together, until death do they part.

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