So Brian Brown is still bitching about 10th Amendment stuff January 15, 2014Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: 10th Amendment, bigotry, Brian Brown, Civil War, Federal vs. State, Intolerance, National Organization for Marriage
In case you haven’t heard, the latest state to gain full marriage equality is Oklahoma! And of course once again Brian Brown, head Spokesbigot of the National Organization for Marriage (The oxymoron group!) is once again trying to make a 10th Amendment argument for the right of states to discriminate against the gay community vis a vis marriage rights.
This one is pretty brief compared to the angst he displayed on Utah or New Mexico.
Today, the National Organization for Marriage renews its call for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The decision by U.S District Court Judge Terence Kern in Oklahoma is the latest in a string of examples of the dangers posed to state marriage laws when the avenue of debate is the federal court system. We need firm legislative action to protect the rights of the states and their citizens to make their own determinations regarding the definition of marriage without interference from federal appointees either in the courts or within the executive branch.
And calling it interference is telling. Let me rephrase it for him: Brian Brown wants the will of the religiously bigoted to be the rule of law in the land. And all I can say to that is, over my dead fucking body.
Movies: Lincoln November 25, 2012Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: Civil War, Entertainment, equal rights, Lincoln, movies
Ok before I launch just go out and see the latest movie “Lincoln”
Outstanding performances by Daniel Day Lewis as President Lincoln, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and even Tommy Lee Jones as Rep. Thaddeus Stevens.
Movie spoiler – it picks up in 1865, the forth year of the U.S. Civil War. By this point in time the north is taking the lead and a peace is eminent and reconstruction can begin.
It focuses on the life, as gleaned through historical record, of the decision to push the 13th Amendment and to negotiate a peace with the Confederacy.
The political push-pull is extremely interesting. Not only that back in the mid 19th century the Republicans were actually the progressive party. Imagine that. Now of course it’s the complete opposite.
The focus on one Representative, Thaddeus Stevens a supporter of ending slavery for the past 30 years of his career in the House, we find out WHY he supported it near the very end of the movie.
One other thing, the political environment back then was almost a contact sport. I love it!
We thought we’d catch the 7:05PM show on Friday evening. By the time we arrived it had been sold out. There was a 9:45PM and 10:15PM showing but even the 9:45PM was sold out. So we got in on the 10:15PM showing. It’s a fairly long movie, some 150 minutes (2 and a half hours) but well worth watching.
And it I’ve heard folks say the timing of this was delayed to counter the fact that the Republicans were actually the good guys back in the mid to later 19th century. But I think it’s perfect timing what with the threats to secede by the likes of Texas and a handful of other states. Even here in RI we got 4,550 signatures to secede and I bet I know where they all came from, the towns of East Greenwich and part of North Kingstown. They think their shit doesn’t stink.