This is the special primary for the Democrats (the Republicans have one too) in which voters will choose who will go up against Scott Walker, the hater-governor who is being recalled. The recall election will be next month.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is in the lead in that primary and will likely take it. He is the guy who was defeated by Walker in the previous election for governor, in 2010. The margin then was about 5%. (more…)
… then it’s OK if the ‘woman’ is a guy in drag, right?
The couple walked into a Norfolk courthouse on a spring day, exchanged a few words, and within 10 minutes, were seemingly husband and wife.It was an unremarkable ceremony – except that several weeks later, officials realized the shapely bride might not have been a woman.Now authorities in Virginia, where same-sex marriages are illegal, are weighing whether to file misdemeanor charges against the couple, Antonio E. Blount, 31, and Justin L. McCain, 18. An announcement is expected this week.
Read the whole story here.The people who are insisting that marriage is only valid if it is people of different sexes are asking for it. It might, in many states, be easier to recognize gender orientations beyond hetero male and female as additional ‘sexes’ (in courts) than to get legislatures to pass non-discriminatory bills.Just as interesting would be the reaction in some legislatures…. (more…)
The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States by B. F. Morris was published in 1865. Recently, the Right Wing of the United States discovered this book, and wishes to present it as evidence that the United States is officially Christian.Whatever.I’m sure they are wrong, but the United States definitely is, and the Right Wing is in particular, driven by mercenary tendencies. So Human Events (which I monitor) is now hawking a commercial reprint of this early book. Here are some of the things the Right Wing is saying about this book: (more…)
Do you have any idea of what is going on in Zimbabwe? And has been for quite some time? I’ve not chosen to make any effort to note the African news that I semi-regularly follow, but I think it is time for that to change. Expect a bit more. I don’t know how much insightful commentary I can add, but I can at least point to goings on of interest.In ZImbabwe, we have a situation of a long term leader who won’t seem to go away even though many people seem to want him to. There was an election recently, and that may have been co-opted by the ruling party. And this, today:
The bodies of four opposition activists have been found near the Zimbabwe capital, after being abducted, the Movement for Democratic Change says.An MDC spokesman accused supporters of President Robert Mugabe of being behind the deaths, ahead of next week’s poll.The body of Harare’s recently elected opposition mayor’s wife has also reportedly been found, badly burnt.source
According to news breaking moments ago, Obama and Clinton are meeting at this very moment in a home in the Washington D.C. area.There are no details available. But I thought you’d like to know.UPDATE:It is now thought that the “home in DC” was Hillary’s place. It is believed that Hillary has snuck out the back of the house and she and Barack are going to meet somewhere quite.And no, I am not making this up.UPDATE (8:50PM CST):It appears that Obama was in the DC area today with the press group that is assigned to him. Then they went to get on the plane and fly away. Well, they did go on the plane to fly away. And they flew away.But Obama only made them THINK he was on the plane. The press corps flew away and Obama was still on the ground … on his way over to Hillary’s place.And no, I really really am not making this up.
According to press reports such as this one, and for all I know a zillion others (I’ve been totally out of touch at a graduation party over on Eat Street), Clinton will announce her move on Saturday. She had a conference call with party mucky mucks today, apparently. The announcement will come in connection with an end-of-primary event. The Obama campaign is pretty much staying out of the way. (more…)
I remember being shaken awake by my father. He did not want me to miss an historic event. During the election campaigns, the television is always on in my house, this has been true since I was a kid and we first got a TV. So the TV was on and he knew Robert Kennedy had been shot, and he woke me up to make sure I knew what was going on.The next day, the same thing happened, this time with the news that Kennedy was dead. (more…)
The DNC does not always have a keynote speaker. Sometimes there is a speaker that can be thought of later as such, but was not necessarily labeled “keynote” at the time. So this list can certainly be argued with.Obama was the DNC keynote during the last Presidential nominating convention. It is often presumed that the keynote speaker will be a key player in future elections. However, that is definitely not always the case. Sometimes the keynote is finishing old business (in which case their name is usually “Kennedy” and other times reorienting the party towards its traditional liberal values. Other times the keynote is a display of the Democratic Party commitment to diversity and equality. (more…)
Recognition of marriages across political boundaries is a long standing, virtually global tradition .,.. perhaps one of the earliest non-refugee related mundane global practices … to cross borders to get married. The distinction between ceremony and recognition is well established. This does not always mean that marriages are so recognized, but more often than not, they are.Why are we talking about this? I’m expanding on a discussion happening here regarding the recognition of marriages (in particular gay marriage), celebrated elsewhere, by New York State. (more…)
“There is an aspiration that binds us. It is the dream of justice for a beloved community. It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to develop his or her full potential.”
Obama is the projected winner of this last primary, though no margin is estimated at this time.Obama to speak from Saint Paul.There is good information out there that Clinton and Obama are working out a meeting as soon as possible.There is also excellent information out there indicating that Clinton is interested in being vice president.These two things are probably related.
In Saint Paul, at the same stadium where the Republicans will hold their convention later this sumer.I won’t be live blogging this because it won’t be as suspensful as Clinton’s speech. He is expected to acknowledge his position as presumptive nominee.
Clinton thanks South Dakota who “had the last word” in this primary season (oops, that would be Montana, but whatever).She honored Barak Obama and his supporters for “all they have accomplished.”Clinton noted the great increase in previously uninvolved voters and the unprecedented raising of money, as well as the importance of her campaign in relation to women’s rights and political standing. (Especially noting the women in her campaign who were born before women were allowed to vote in the US.She noted that people across the country and the territories all had a chance to vote for the candidate they felt would be best, strongest, most experienced, etc. and that the majority of people voted for her. She noted that she had won the swing states necessary to get the necessary electoral votes in the general election.Clinton ran over the litany ways in which the Republicans have screwed up our country and the rest of the world, noting as well that the average hard working person is invisible to the president. But not to Hillary.Then, she asked the question: (more…)