1/29/2009

Delicious Tidbits

Here are today's Delicious Tidbits from around the Interwebs...

Filed Under: Let them eat cake (and drink cosmos)

Daily Kos reports on a "support group" for millionaire wives of bankers who are just having a horrible time of it in this economy. Oh, no, nothing like going hungry or anything but stuff like having your allowance at Bergdorf's cut and having to forgo bottle service. God forbid they'd had to lay off the nanny or maid! These crosses between Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives meet twice weekly at a post bar or restaurant to sip high priced cocktails and talk about just how hard it is to settle for Dom Peringon instead of Krug Clos du Mesnil.

Please, Mr. Postman!

Want to know how bad things are in America? One of the first things our brand spaking new country established was a postal service. Since that time we've been delivering those letters regardless of rain, sleet, snow, or dark of night. Well, except for holidays and stuff. But, now as Americans go broke the Post Office has announced it's broke as well. The Postal Service has announced it would like to ask that delivery be cut back from six days to only five. This is not a good sign.

Every Step you take, every move you make...

Arizona government has fallen in love with "speed cameras" and "red light cameras" despite citizen outrage, failure to be able to collect fines because of bad technology and corruption and studies showing they increase traffic accidents. But, like the good Conservatives they are, when faced with overwhelming evidence you made a bad decision just put your fingers in your ears and hum loudly. Now, it has come to light that the cameras that are supposed to just catch folks running red lights actually store video for up to 30 days. The video can be used to track motorists and also to spot minor violations not involving a moving violation. Oh yeah, AZ folks just love "limited government." ... I'll be watching you.
Chief Justice to speak at UA

Chief Justice John Roberts will speak at the University of Arizona next Wednesday as part of a series on law. We can only hope His Honor will be using notecards this time.

I thought this old bitch was dead...

Phyllis Schlafly in 2007 in Washington, DC at ...Image via Wikipedia

Nah, not really. I knew she was hanging around. But we haven't heard from her in so long you can't blame me for wishful thinking. Anyway, Phyllis Schlafly, that beehived crone hobbled back into the limelight by spouting drivel so ancient that Abigail Adams would have given her a smackdown. Here are her comments at Bates College via Pam's House Blend:
For nearly two hours, she belittled the feminist movement as "teaching women to be victims," decried intellectual men as "liberal slobs" and argued that feminism "is incompatible with marriage and motherhood."

...Schlafly asserted women should not be permitted to do jobs traditionally held by men, such as firefighter, soldier or construction worker, because of their "inherent physical inferiority."

"Women in combat are a hazard to other people around them," she said. "They aren't tall enough to see out of the trucks, they're not strong enough to carry their buddy off the battlefield if he's wounded, and they can't bark out orders loudly enough for everyone to hear."

At one point, Schlafly also contended that married women cannot be sexually assaulted by their husbands.

"By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don't think you can call it rape," she said.
OK, we'll take whatever...

Washington state seems willing to settle for whatever it can get in the rights arena. Not sure why they're pursuing a "Domestic Partnership" idea so heavily but the activists up there seem ready to settle for whatever crumbs their "Liberal Friends" might let fall from the table.
Washington state introduced Registered Domestic Partnerships in July of 2007. Initially, DPs were minimal in scope. They were expanded somewhat in 2008. Today, two bills were filed in Olympia, the Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill of 2009 (SB 5688, HB 1727) and a Marriage Equality Bill (SB 5674). According to the Seattle Times the DP bill will make DPs equal to civil marriage in all but name. Signs are positive that the bill will pass. (Pam's House Blend)
We can pretty much expect WA to stop fighting for full equality as their folks seem more than happy to sit at the back of the marriage bus at this time.

The Definition of Saddleback

A chastity ringImage via Wikipedia

After a long search to come up with the best definition of "Saddlebacking" in honor of Saddleback Church, its homophobic congregation, and their fashion challenged minister, Pam's has announced the winning entry:
Saddleback: (verb) the phenomenon of Christian teens engaging in unprotected anal sex in order to preserve their virginities."

Usage: After attending the Purity Ball, Heather and Bill saddlebacked all night because she's saving herself for marriage.
Pacwoman? Ms. PACman?

Who cares? Sarah Palin, our favorite right wing befuddled beauty queen since Anita Bryant slipped into obscurity has launched SarahPAC, her very own political action committee based in Virginia. She doesn't tell us why her PAC is based in Virginia not her home state of Alaska but since she no longer spends time there despite being Governor it makes as much sense as anything. After all how can you keep the girl down on the Tundra after she's seen D.C.?

Anyway, proving that her "supporters" need to use that lifeline to call for help with questions as much as she does, her FAQ lists only four questions. In fact the whole site is made up of just four pages with nearly hidden navigation. Sarah, maybe you should spend that first donation on hiring a web guy who can do something with that pitiful "out of the box" template of yours.

Why Marriage is the only way...

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12:  Supporters of gay mar...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

ProgPup has a nice post on how the argument that we don't need equal marriage rights because we can use contracts, wills, and powers of attorney to protect ourselves is specious. It also points out why "Civil Unions" which try to fill in gaps but often leave whole sections of law in question are bad choices to back. Take this couple's story for example:
Meadows had no surviving parents or biological children, but there was a will that provided for his longtime partner. But because that will was short one witness signature, a cousin of Meadows was able to successfully wrest control of the ranch, a piece of property worth $100,000, in which Beaumont had invested twice that... Imagine the pain of having the home where you'd raised your kids and lived for 25 years with your partner being pulled from under you... To add insult to injury, the cousins are suing Beaumont for back rent for the 25 years he lived on the ranch with Meadows.
I'd sing the Iceland National Anthem if I had a clue what it was...

Coat of arms of IcelandImage via Wikipedia

Johanna Sigurdardottir, the openly lesbian minister of social affairs, will take over Iceland's failed government as prime minister. This after Iceland's Social Democratic Alliance Party designated her as the choice to fill the spot after Monday's collapse of the coalition government. Unfortunately for Sigurdardottir, Iceland is a mess. The country has been virtually bankrupted by the Global Financial Hobo Apocalypse and the country's unemployment has skyrocketed as foreign money washes offshore.

Iceland's economy does make our look like nothing's wrong. Hmm... I wonder if this means that if Obama doesn't manage to fix things by 2012 we'll elect our first Lesbian president?

Talking without thinking...

Michael Jones at Change.org's Gay Rights blog has weighed in on the idiocy that is Meriano's "Civil Partnership" plan without bothering to actually think about it. I'm never ceased to be amazed by people who think using the separate water fountain will be just dandy. Once more, he's one of those guys who quotes Meriano ad nauseum without bothering to find out the nuts and bolts of local politics nor does he seem familiar with the recent NJ findings that Civil Unions despite the "same rights as marriage" claims don't even come close in reality. I'd rather just wait till I got equal rights, Mr. Jones instead of going through with a "Civil Partnership" to only find in a moment of crisis someone left out an important right when trying to jerryrig the legal patchwork to appease the right wing.


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