I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner.Roger Gorley • Discussing the situation he faced as he was forced away from the bedside of his partner, Allen, at a Missouri hospital earlier this week. The men, who have been in a civil union for five year, share power of attorney and make medical decisions for one another, but the nurse at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City did not recognize this. Gorley was arrested after a member of Allen’s family asked him to be removed. He was given a restraining order, which he plans to fight in court.
I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. I think it’s about freedom.Missouri Rep. Todd Akin • Explaining his decision to vote against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, intended to close the gap between men and women’s average salary, during a town hall meeting last week. Akin first found himself in the national spotlight after saying that the female body could prevent pregnancy, in cases of “legitimate rape”, during a televised interview back in August. Something tells us that he won’t be winning back many supporters with this line either. source
In recent weeks, I have been the focus of unfounded allegations designed to destroy my reputation, but of greater concern, however, is the threat these allegations represent to the reputation of this agency and the men and women who proudly serve their country by advancing ICE’s mission. As such, I feel it is incumbent upon me to take every step necessary to prevent further harm to the agency and to prevent this from further distracting from our critical work. Therefore, it is with great regret that I submit my resignation as chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr • In her resignation letter, directed to ICE director John Morton, which denies allegations that she was responsible for “sexually offensive behavior” that created an office environment that was discriminatory towards men. An immigration official, James T. Hayes, filed a lawsuit last week claiming that he was denied a position because of his gender. In his lawsuit, Hayes claimed Barr created “a frat-house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” Republican Rep. Peter T. King (who heads the House Homeland Security Committee) claimed the resignation, which surfaced in the middle of a holiday weekend, suggests significant management issues in the Department of Homeland Security.
» This isn’t good. The unemployment rate of Anacostia, a district in Southeast DC east of the river mostly populated by blacks? Nearly 20 percent. DC is merely just a flash point for a much-larger trend. All over the United States, blacks are twice as likely to be unemployed as whites. What’s worse is there’s no real explanation for it — other than the obvious one.
Unfortunately, this disease, where a man has sex with a man, which is absolutely unnatural and shouldn’t happen but it is happening, is spreading around the world and has also come to India. Even in our country the numbers of men having sex with men is significant.Indian Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad • Making comments about the AIDS virus. He later tried to clarify that he didn’t mean gay people, but it’s kinda hard to prove that when he’s quoted saying this. He claims that it only sounded like this because of the way he said it in Hindi, but there’s no way of telling if that’s true. Let’s hope not, because placing a stigma on an entire group of people is wrong, but especially when it comes from government official, simply because it has more impact. source (via • follow)
satchelsofgold asks: Hey guys, question about your post re: the Supreme Court's decision on the Wal-Mart case. Your headline suggests it was a unanimous ruling, but all the stories I have seen and heard indicate it was a split decision along the usual ideological lines. Would you consider correcting this or explaining your numbers? 9-0 makes it sound a lot less controversial than it is. Thanks!
» SFB says: Well, every article we’ve read notes that it was unanimous that the case couldn’t continue as is. However, there was a separate ruling that went into more specifics about whether such a case could go forth in any circumstance. And that was 5-4. That part of the case had also not broken when we published our piece (which was based on a three-paragraph story literally minutes after the decision was published) yesterday. Fact of matter, though, is that the main decision was unanimous and our article was correct. — Ernie @ SFB
…it is incumbent upon all Americans who love this nation and the values our Constitution protects to make it clear to defend the civil rights of our Muslim neighbors are as important as the rights of Christians, Jews and non-believers.Senator Dick Durbin • On his Senate hearings on anti-Muslim discrimination, broadly viewed as a counter-weight to Rep. Peter King’s hearings on radicalized Islam in the House. For what it’s worth, King’s anti-terrorism zeal wasn’t beyond the scope of his responsibility, nor could it not have been handled tastefully as a hearing on terrorism writ large. The standard of tacitly condemning an entire community for the actions of the very few, however, was and is unpleasant, and its given Durbin a chance to shine some light in the other direction. Also, isn’t it cool that non-believers get a shout out, too? The first time we can recall that was during Obama’s inauguration, and it’s a welcome and overdue addition to the public discourse on faith. source (via • follow)