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06/08/2013

Pocatello, Idaho Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The City Council of Pocatello, Idaho voted 4-2 to pass an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance on Thursday night after a six hour meeting, Local 8 News reports:

PocatelloThe version that passed Thursday has several changes.

The so-called "ID to pee" section, which stated the gender on a state-issued ID card, would decide what restroom a person could use, was removed. The small business exception was also removed. That would have exempted a business with five or fewer employees from the ordinance.

That removal came after a citizen pointed out almost 40 percent of Pocatello businesses have five or fewer employees.

"It's something we can be proud of in Pocatello,” said City Councilwoman Eva Johnson Nye. “I think we made some good decisions tonight. It was a long time getting there, but we did the right thing. And we have citizens protected now, and that's a good thing."

 

Posted Jun. 8,2013 at 5:30 PM EST by in Discrimination, Idaho, News | Permalink | Comments (17)


Kindergarten Class Sends Emotional LGBT Pride Message with Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors': VIDEO

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A Los Angeles kindergarten class has an LGBT Pride message for you that will make your reach for the Kleenex.

Writes Arturo Avina on his blog:

Oh. My. God. Conservatives were actually right on this one. The "gay agenda" is infiltrating our public schools! And you know what? It's absolutely fabulous.

My talented kindergarteners at Olympic Primary Center in the Los Angeles Unified School District—who found online success earlier this year with their outstanding film adaptation of the beloved book "Miss Nelson is Missing"—celebrated the end of an eventful school year by performing Cyndi Lauper's classic anthem, "True Colors." In the video above, you can see how as they sing, they use American Sign Language while the audience reflects on the statements "You Are Good" and "You Are Perfect." Combine that with rainbows, messages of love, and a great pop song and you have a touching performance that represents what my students have learned.

The lesson: love yourself, and always show love, kindness, and respect towards others no matter who they are. Regardless of ethnicity, sex, gender, religious creed, or sexual orientation, EVERYONE is worthy of love.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And read Avina's full post here.

(h/t raw story)

Posted Jun. 8,2013 at 2:45 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (37)


NJ Man Demonstrates How to Hunt, Cook and Eat Cicadas: VIDEO

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Brian Donohue from the NJ Star-Ledger tries out a seasonal recipe, one that's served up (to the very brave, or very foolish) every 17 years.

Cicada scampi. This is some Survivor-style food realness. Be forewarned.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 8,2013 at 1:10 PM EST by in Food and Drink, News | Permalink | Comments (14)


Glenn Beck: Michelle Obama's Heckling Reaction Shows She's a 'Monster, Lady Macbeth' — VIDEO

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Glenn Beck phones in from Planet Tea Party to attack Michelle Obama after she responded aggressively toward GetEQUAL activist Ellen Sturtz earlier this week after being heckled at a fundraiser, Right Wing Watch reports.

Claims Beck:

"This woman's a monster. She is Lady Macbeth. She is a frightening woman. I’ll tell you something, I really truly believe, Valerie Jarrett, Michelle and Mrs. Eric Holder, that’s where the information is going, the wives are talking."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 8,2013 at 12:09 PM EST by in Glenn Beck, Michelle Obama, News, Valerie Jarrett | Permalink | Comments (36)


Mitt Romney: Hurricane Sandy Was Really Unfair to Me — VIDEO

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Mitt Romney surfaced again this week in an interview with Gloria Borger in which he spoke about his failed campaign and the incidents along the way, such as the 47% video, and Hurricane Sandy...

"And there were other things that didn’t help my campaign, either. Obviously a hurricane with a week to go before the election stalled our campaign."

Romney doesn't blame Christie, however.

"No, no, no… No. No, no...I — I wish the hurricane hadn’t have happened…when it did, because it gave the President a chance to be presidential, and to be out showing sympathy for folks. That’s one of the advantages of incumbency. But, you know, you don’t look back and worry about each little thing, and how could that have been different. You look forward."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jun. 8,2013 at 11:08 AM EST by in 2012 Election, Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney, News | Permalink | Comments (55)


Pentagon to Begin Issuing Same-Sex Domestic Partner Benefits on September 1

The Pentagon will begin issueing same-sex domestic partner benefits on September 1, the Washington Times reports:

PanettaThe dependents’ ID cards will entitle partners to scores of benefits, as outlined by then-Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in a February policy decision.

The ID card Web notice refers to same-sex domestic partners as “SSDPs.”

The benefits include education, survivor, commissary, travel, counseling and transportation, but not what some consider the armed forces’ premium perks — health care and housing allowances.

Mr. Panetta said the federal Defense of Marriage Act restricts those benefits to heterosexual couples, though the Pentagon has not ruled out offering them to homosexual couples at some point.

Still, the new benefits and special ID cards represent a victory for the gay rights movement in the wake of President Obama’s lifting the long-time ban on open homosexuals in the ranks.

An Army National Guard posting appeared to confirm the Washington Times report.

Posted Jun. 8,2013 at 10:09 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Leon Panetta, Military, News | Permalink | Comments (5)



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