Ah, it's a good thing Washington State University isn't located in Texas. You'll understand that statement in a minute. First, here's more outrageous right-wingnut evangelical babble from the Lone Star State. THE RAW STORY:
According to Houston’s KHOU, Conservative Republicans of Texas president Dr. Steve Hotze made the bigoted remarks in a press release supporting Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill, who is running for re-election.
“Our Founding Fathers would be furious to find out that the Constitution was being interpreted to allow sodomites to marry,” wrote Hotze in a Republican Party fundraising letter.
Imagine that. When's the last time, outside of church you heard someone use the word, "sodomites?" It's been a while in my circle of associates. So as not be be confused, I Googled "sodomites" to get the exact definition. "One who commits sodomy." So, I went next to Wikipedia:
Sodomy /ˈsɒdəmi/ is generally anal sex, oral sex or sexual activity between a person and a non-human animal (bestiality), but may also include any non-procreative sexual activity. Originally, the term sodomy was commonly restricted to anal sex,
Okay, now we're all on the same page. And to use this definition, there's a lot of things that are commonly practiced in both heterosexual couplings as well as homosexual that fall under the term "sodomy." And if Republicans of Texas president Dr. Steve Hotze really means what he says, he may very well be damning almost every marriage of every kind. Not just same-sex marriage.
So it's this next piece of journalism from Huffington Post that might put Hotze on his ass. It's an article entitled, The Latest Rage On College Campuses Is Apparently Anal Sex
"Modern men and women have gone off the beaten path by moving their entry point two inches south from that of their forefathers," Abigail Student [writer Washington State University] said on HuffPost Live. "Modern American couples have normalized the practice of anal sex. In the words of Frost 'the road less traveled by' has gained some serious traffic."
In her article, she cites a study conducted by the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2008, which stated that 44 percent of straight men and 36 percent of straight women admitted to having anal sex at least once in their lives.
And lets not even get into the oral sex numbers. Use your imagination how many have gone a-head with that.
When will these Republican evangelicals stop trying to snoop into our bedrooms and dictate what we can and can't do? Why not let gender identity and love determine whom we can and cannot marry? Living under the sanctity of a unity blessed by a faith is far more beneficial to society than exclusion and forcing two people who love one another and are willing to pledge that unity under a Deity, to live in sin.
There is no such thing as "unholy matrimony." There's only unholy thinkers. And here's one of them right now --
Unless you've been hibernating for the past few years, you are well aware of how the GOP has been successfully denying women their reproductive rights by retrofitting this country with pre-Roe v. Wade legislation. How's that
power trip outreach thing workin' for ya?
Check out the image below from The Rachel Maddow Show that lists some of the restrictions set by mostly white, male Republicans, the same Republicans who insist that Big Government is a very bad, intrusive, commie pinko thing... unless it forces women to do whatever mostly white, male Republicans want them to do with their bodies. Powerful legislators are making choices for women, choices that women should and can make for themselves:
Access to health care services has been severed with increasing and alarming frequency. Now women must seek help from those unqualified to provide safe, legal medical procedures. Even more disturbing: women are so desperate that they are trying to perform abortions themselves, without doctors, resulting in trauma, injury, and even death.
None of this is necessary. None of these new laws prevent women from terminating their pregnancies. Instead, it causes patients to resort to dangerous, even fatal methods. So to all you "pro-lifers" out there, lives aren't being saved, they're being lost, because you are forcing scores of clinics to close. Here's Maddow's exclusive reporting from Texas:
Amy Hagstrom Miller, Whole Women's Health founder in McAllen, Texas:
"We're also seeing more and more women take matters into their own hands... People go over the border, they get medication to try to self-induce abortion, and so sometimes they'll come to us afterward for an ultrasound, to see if they're still pregnant. Sometimes they'll be actively bleeding... So we saw an increase in self-induction... With flea markets, with crossing the border...
The sad thing is, with the misuse of the medication, something that is actually pretty safe, women could really do harm to themselves not knowing what they're doing...
We have seen women putting things into their vagina trying to dilate their cervix, we've seen people ask their partner to beat them, just the same stories we heard pre-Roe. We've seen people doing douching with Coke or douching with Lysol... It's very much like pre-Roe...
This law didn't do anything to prevent the need for abortion... We just blocked their access to getting it safely... It's obvious we're gonna have a public health problem on our hands."
Lucy Carreon, patient advocate:
"It's unthinkable that a complete stranger, whether it's an individual or a group such as the Supreme Court, you know, they can make such a personal decision for someone that they don't even know. That's crazy."
Another win for same-sex marriage and gay rights as another homophobic, backwards, discriminatory attempt to legally keep loving couples apart bites the dust. The Texas ban on marriage equality has been ruled unconstitutional. So there.
Here's the Los Angeles Times breaking news email alert:
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia today ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas is unconstitutional because it deprives gay couples of due process and equal protection.
The ruling does not allow same-sex couples to immediately marry because the judge stayed the injunction pending any appeal.
The score: Same-sex marriage a Zillion, sad little ignorami Zero. Or something.
Two tweets came across my Twitter stream immediately after the news broke, and they must be shared. They come via two of my favorite Twitter pals, Igor Volsky and Ali Davis. Once you read them, you'll understand why I follow them:
Another Twitter buddy tweeted this:
"The Court finds same-sex couples can be just as responsible for a child's welfare as the countless heterosexual couples across the nation"
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) February 26, 2014
It's wonderful how so few words can speak volumes. Sometimes less is so much more. Thank you Igor, Ali, and Joe.
Rocker Ted Nugent has reportedly apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," according to the Ben Ferguson Show and CNN.
During an interview on the Ben Ferguson Show Friday, Nugent apologized for the comments, which he made in January 2014.
In case you missed Nugent's assessment of the President, here it is, verbatim, via The Wire:
I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the acorn community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.
Here's the Facebook announcement about the apology today. From this you'd think Nugent woke up this morning with a whole new attitude. Think again as you read on:
BREAKING NEWS: TED NUGENT JUST SAID HE IS SORRY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ON THE SHOW!
He just didn't want Abbott to take any blame -- but Nugent still evidently stick by his vile name calling. Again from HUFFPO:
"I do apologize -- not necessarily to the President -- but on behalf of much better men than myself," Nugent said, calling the comments "street fighter terminology."
Just who are those better men he refers to: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.). And quite surprisingly, both criticized the rocker for his outrageous statement, but then quickly added their support for the Attorney General and his campaign for Governor. What do you think they told their candidate? Why "Rock on," of course.
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