Dr. King: A Registered Republican?

Even Robert Kennedy voted Republican in 1956.

That's right: while working on Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign, Kennedy came to resent the Democratic candidate's apparent insincerity and elitism. Kennedy said that because Stevenson read his stump speech, rather than "give it off the cuff and from the heart," his audience felt that he didn't care about them. Like the majority of Americans that year, Kennedy cast his ballot for Eisenhower.

And one can assume that Martin Luther King, Jr., did too. It would make sense: at the time, his father was a staunch Republican and Democrats weren't that popular with African Americans in the South, even after Harry Truman.

But last year, the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) took a step further and claimed that King was a Republican. Period.

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Marriage: The Facts and Why It Matters

People often wonder why I want to get married. Especially when so many heterosexual Americans want to get divorced?

The answer is simple: Protection!

I want to protect everything I have invested my life in creating: property, relationships, my own future and the future of those I love. I wish for the federal safety-net that marriage creates for all my heterosexual counterparts. As a citizen of this great nation that speaks in lofty terms of equality for all, I want what is mine to claim as a birthright; I want the American Dream. Anything less is no more satisfactory to me than it would be to you.

I have paid my taxes. I have invested in the future of this land. I have been a good American. Following the promises of the dream, doing what I can to make opportunities for myself. I have worked hard. I have struggled an uphill climb. I have overcome stereotypes many of you haven't even thought of yet. I have resisted classification. I have exercised my right to vote. I have faithfully questioned my leaders. I have done what all of you have done, yet I am now considered less?

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Dems hate dogs, love profiling

Louisville, KY, Dems:  Profiling us because of our dogs

Negative stereotyping of dog owners: business as usual for Democrats in Louisville.

Just what the hell is the Democratic Party thinking? Is the dog owner equivalent of "driving while black" now official Democratic Party policy?

While Republican members of the Metro Louisville City Council stand up for the civil rights of law-abiding and caring dog owners, Dems seem too busy snuggling up to the Humane Society of the United States' bank account to notice that they are pissing off their own core constituency.

Forget sticking up for the little guy! Cuddle up to special interests instead?

Dems are whizzing in their own cornflakes!

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Profiles in Nonsense

Blue Jersey's Think Equal project is up with our third short, and in this one, married and civil unionzed receive unwanted advances at a bar. We make light of the confusion involved in the situation here, but consider the real world hassle of having to explain your lesser marital status. It's not only degrading, it automatically 'outs' a person to an employer or someone  he or she feels uncomfortable sharing that information with. It's the legal and real world differences like this that make it so important that we settle for nothing less than marriage equality.

It's been a whirlwind week here in Trenton. The NJ State Assembly Judiciary Committee rushed through a discriminatory civil unions bill after only a few hours of public hearings. The vote was 4-2.

The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo, and Judiciary Chairwoman Linda Greenstein cannot stop talking about how much they support equality. Showing up outside the hearing, Caraballo said, "This is a huge step, not the final step, but a huge step ... to making sure everyone has the right to be treated equally."

Add that to this gem from Assemblywoman Greenstein.

One gay couple, who opposed civil unions, said they were married in Massachusetts before moving to New Jersey recently. They wondered about their status now.

"I would like for you to tell me, are we married?" Julie Sullivan-Crowley asked.

"Apparently not," Greenstein answered. "I'd like to say you were."

Now, I'd like to say Assemblywoman Greenstein supports equality, but apparently not. Because her vote of assent gave a discriminatory bill "reccomended" status on the full Assembly floor.

And for what? If they want equality so badly, what are they afraid of? It can't be a primary or electoral challenge, because Massachusetts showed that is wrong. In fact, the only Massachusetts legislator to lose on account of marriage equality was someone who opposed it.

And they can't be opposing marriage equality because of the cost. A recent report showed that the state stands to gain more than $100 million every year in increased revenue. On the other hand, the discriminatory civil unions bill will cost the state money. Creating a separate, unequal system for civil unions is going to take a lot of New Jersey taxpayers' money. And then, this wholly new legal structure's terminology will need clarification in the courts, which will cost even more tax dollars.

It is complete nonsense. And what's more, it's not equality. Contact these and other NJ legislators at BlueJersey.com/ThinkEqual and tell them it's time they reconciled their imaginations with the facts, and their actions with their words.

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Start your engines, boys. The Testicle War is ON!

Gentlemen: Start your engines (and hang on to your balls!)

The Tacoma, Washington Gonad Battle is about to begin!

(Quick update to the previous diary on the Testicle Wars):

The American Kennel Club advises that the December 12 Tacoma City Council meeting will address the issue of mandatory spay neuter of all dogs in Tacoma, Washington.

You're going to feel a little pressure

Actually, you're gonna feel a LOT of pressure. Particularly in the vicinity of your Bill of Rights guaranteed protection of private property. The U.S. Constitution says the government cannot simply strip you of what you own. Like that quivering little chunk of your dog.

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