Saturday, 9/27/14, Public Square



by | September 27, 2014 · 6:00 am

11 responses to “Saturday, 9/27/14, Public Square

  1. This an excellent talk! New York State Senator Diane Savino speaks on the Marriage Equality bill and does it as well, or better, than anyone I’ve ever heard! Well worth the time spent, and she’s funny so you’ll laugh. 🙂

  2. LOL I really should come here first ( I know it Is not the first time I have said that) But after responding to the Face book posts I get from the Tea Party and the regular GOP. I am generally talked out! OMG what morons, the Koch brothers much really think that every one is a moron and willing to believe things. LOL You should see the responses I get from pointing out the link with big oil and the tea party.

  3. The Values Voter Summit is when prominent Republicans go pay homage to the nastiest elements of the far right. This year’s annual meeting opened yesterday with speeches from several potential presidential candidates, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

    The event is hosted by the SPLC-listed hate group Family Research Council, a group that earned designation as a hate group by the SPLC for their flagrant anti-LGBT attacks and misinformation, and hosted specifically by Tony Perkins, an anti-LGBT conspiracy theorist of the highest order. Fellow SPLC-listed hate group American Family Association is well represented; their most prominent voices, Bryan Fischer and Tim Wildmon, are known for declarations that homosexuality should be criminalized and that gay people were responsible for the Holocaust. And yet the supposed leading lights of the Republican party cannot wait to be seen with and make speeches catering to that crowd, yet again, as they do every year.

    Republicans arrive at annual hate group-sponsored ‘Values Voters Summit’

  4. Those who don’t understand are the same ones who wonder how anyone could think the republicans have waged a war on women. Thank goodness good, virile, kind, intelligent men (you know ALL the men who truly respect women) and the majority of women do understand.

    An Open Letter To Fox News About ‘Boobs On The Ground’

    (from the link): Dear Mr. Bolling and Mr. Gutfeld,

    We are veterans of the United States armed forces, and we are writing to inform you that your remarks about United Arab Emirates Air Force Major Mariam Al Mansouri were unwarranted, offensive, and fundamentally opposed to what the military taught us to stand for.

    First, foremost, and most obvious to everyone other than yourselves, your remarks were immensely inappropriate. Your co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle was so right to call attention to an inspiring story of a woman shattering glass ceilings in a society where doing so is immeasurably difficult. We never heard an answer to her question: why did you feel so compelled to “ruin her thing?”

    As it turns out, women have been flying combat aircraft since before either of you were born. Over 1,000 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) flew during World War II. Seeing as U.S. Army Air Forces Commander “Hap” Arnold said “Now in 1944, it is on the record that women can fly as well as men,” we can probably guess he thought their parking was adequate. The WASP legacy reaches into the present day; on 9/11, then Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney scrambled her F-16. Completely unarmed, she was ready to lay down her own life to prevent further devastating attacks on American soil.

    Thus the skill of women as fighter pilots is well established. And before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

    The less obvious implication of your remarks, however, is that by offending an ally and cheapening her contribution, you are actively hurting the mission. We need to send a clear message that anyone, male or female, who will stand up to ISIS and get the job done is worthy of our respect and gratitude.

    We issue an apology on your behalf to Major Al Mansouri knowing that anything your producers force you to say will be contrived and insincere. Major, we’re sincerely sorry for the rudeness; clearly, these boys don’t take your service seriously, but we and the rest of the American public do.

    Very Respectfully,

    (Go to the link for a good long list of names! Read the comments if your time allows.)

  5. Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky and her maternal grandparents.

  6. (from the link): As news breaks that enrollment has surpassed one million, it turns out one of Obamacare’s fiercest critics is among Republicans showing some “secret love” for the law.

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) signed his family up on the federal healthcare exchange and has opted to take a federal subsidy offered to lawmakers and staff, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Marco Rubio Signs Up For Obamacare