Why Republican Gay Discrimination Costs Us

Earlier this month, Michigan continued to take several steps back into the Dark Ages with the Appellate Court ruling that prohibits public universities and state and local governments from providing health insurance to the partners of gay employees. The Court based the ruling on the asinine 2004 vote on the so-called Gay Marriage Amendment Ban, aka the first failed Proposal 2.

Congratulations, Michigan. You join 26 other states in officially discriminating against the very people who pay your taxes, start and own businesses, and traditionally have the most disposable income of any major demographic.

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Is the term "Whitosphere" a Fair Descriptor for the White Blogosphere?

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"Whitosphere" describes that part of the blogosphere that is almost exclusively populated by whites.

Cross-posted at http://francislholland.blogspot.com/

The term "white neighborhood" is very commonly used in America to describe a neighborhood that is predominantly or overhwhelmingly white.  The prevalence of this term in our language is a reflection of the degree to which Blacks and whites have historically lived, and continue to live, in segregated neighborhoods in America, due historically to legal, structural, customary and financial restrictions placed by whites on where Blacks and other minorities could go and where we could live.    http://academic.udayton.edu/RACE/04NEEDS /housing01.htmhttp://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/arcj ust.htm 

If the term "white neighborhood" describes where whites live, and the "blogosphere" is the part of the Web characterized by is resident population of blogs, then it seems natural that the term "whitosphere" will be used to describe that part of the blogosphere characterized by the fact that it is predominantly or almost exclusively populated by whites.

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Screwing the Pooch: Political Clout, profiling and "protecting animals"

Are campaigns to "protect animals" all about negatively profiling people?Seems the Humane Society of the United States, income $125 million in 2005, outgrew the "animal welfare" biz. HSUS tweaked its homepage tag line and language to appeal to donors on a whole 'nother level.

Its all about "protecting animals" now.

Question is: protect them from what?

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6 Muslim Imams Removed from Plane

6 men were removed from a US Airways flight. It appears that the only thing that they were doing was praying before a flight.  

Read this story:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006 -11-21-passengers-removed_x.htm

Now look at the reactions http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/200 6/11/calls_for_boyco.html

I am truly amazed by the reactions - overwhelmingly supporting the airlines. From a freeper, it wouldn't surprise me. But given how overwhelming the support for the airlines is, it sounds like there have to be some of our political persuasion who support this as well. That is what is troubling to me.

Isn't stuff like this precisely what our country is not about?!

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Excellent series on Israel in the Guardian.

Crossposted from Dameocrat Blog

Excellent two part article from the guardian about whether Israel's treatment of the Palestinians can be compared to Apartheid.

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