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04/19/2007


Jon Stewart Blasts FOX News for Buying Putin's B.S.: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart is incredulous over FOX News' drooling over Vladimir Putin's false machismo and the network's idiotic new talking point aimed at our president:

"Barack Obama is a weak, mom jeans-wearing dictator king!"

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National Security Council Staff Meet with Ugandan Activist Frank Mugisha Over Anti-Gay Law

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President Obama's National Security Council met with Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha yesterday to discuss the Anti-Homosexuality Law recently passed there and posted photos to Twitter.

The NSC account added: "In their mtg w/ @frankmugisha, NSC’s Grant Harris & Steve Pomper reiterated U.S. support for freedom, justice, equal rights for all Ugandans"


Obama and Biden Jog a Tough Lap Around the White House: VIDEO

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President Obama and VP Joe Biden jog a lap around the White House in a new video for Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. The dogs have never seen anything like it.

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Harlem Pastor: Obama Behind Plot to Unleash Gay 'Homo' Demons on Black Men — VIDEO

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James David Manning, birther and chief pastor at the ATLAH World Missionary Church on 123rd Street in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, has unveiled his latest campaign (you may remember another one back in 2010) against gays by making a bizarre claim in a YouTube video and on the marquee of the sign outside his church.

ManningAccording to Manning, President Obama has unleashed gay demons upon the black male community "hoping to influence as many black males to subscribe to ideals of 'homosexual perverted LGBT' as possible." This has led to the outing of Jason Collins and Michael Sam which in turn is "encouraging more black men to come out of the closet."

The newly out black gay men "are being scooped up by white homos" according to Manning, leaving black women with less of a choice of a man to come and be her husband and father her children.

Manning also offers his praise for the presidents of Uganda and Nigeria, as well as The Gambian. You may recall that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh recently said that gays are 'vermin' and should be exterminated like malaria-laden mosquitos.

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The NY Daily News reports:

Carmen Neely, president of Harlem PRIDE, a support group for members of the lesbian and gay communities of Upper Manhattan, called the sign “shameful” and “foolish.”

“This demonization is such a stark contrast from the positive progress that has been made between black churches and their same-gender loving congregants,” said Neely.

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Eric Holder Tells State Attorneys General: You Can Refuse to Defend Anti-Gay Marriage Laws

In a speech today to the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told state attorneys general that they are not compelled to defend state laws banning same-sex marriage.

HolderVia the transcript of Holder's remarks as prepared for delivery, provided to Towleroad from the Justice Dept:

[Attorneys general must decide] not merely to use our legal system to settle disputes and punish those who have done wrong, but to answer the kinds of fundamental questions – about fairness and equality – that have always determined who we are and who we aspire to be, both as a nation and as a people.

These are the questions that drove President Obama and me to decide, in early 2011, that Justice Department attorneys would no longer defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. As I’ve said before, this decision was not taken lightly. Our actions were motivated by the strong belief that all measures that distinguish among people based on their sexual orientation must be subjected to a heightened standard of scrutiny – and, therefore, that this measure was unconstitutional discrimination. Last summer, the Supreme Court issued a historic decision – United States v. Windsor – striking down the federal government’s ban on recognizing gay and lesbian couples who are legally married. This marked a critical step forward, and a resounding victory for equal treatment and equal protection under the law.

More recently – and partly in response to the Windsor decision – a number of state attorneys general, including those in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Virginia – and, just last week, Oregon – have reached similar determinations after applying heightened scrutiny to laws in their states concerning same-sex marriage.

Any decisions – at any level – not to defend individual laws must be exceedingly rare. They must be reserved only for exceptional circumstances. And they must never stem merely from policy or political disagreements – hinging instead on firm constitutional grounds. But in general, I believe we must be suspicious of legal classifications based solely on sexual orientation. And we must endeavor – in all of our efforts – to uphold and advance the values that once led our forebears to declare unequivocally that all are created equal and entitled to equal opportunity.

This bedrock principle is immutable. It is timeless. And it goes to the very heart of what this country has always stood for – even though, as centuries of advancement in the cause of civil rights have shown, our understanding of it evolves over time. As I said just after the Administration’s decision on DOMA was announced, America’s most treasured ideals were not put into action or given the full force of law in a single instant. On the contrary: our ideals are continually advanced as our justice systems – and our Union – are strengthened; and as social science, human experience, legislation, and judicial decisions expand the circle of those who are entitled to the protections and rights enumerated by the Constitution.

As we gather here in Washington today, I believe that our highest ideals – realized in the form of landmark Supreme Court rulings, from Brown to Zablocki, from Romer to Lawrence, from Loving to Windsor – light a clear path forward. They have impelled us, in some instances, to extraordinary action. And the progress we’ve seen has been consistent with the finest traditions of our legal system, the central tenets of our Constitution, and the “fundamental truth” that, as President Obama once said, “when all Americans are treated as equal . . . we are all more free.”

In an interview yesterday with the NYT, Holder said, in advance of the speech: “Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do."

Some Republicans, of course, are not happy with Holder's remarks:

“It really isn’t his job to give us advice on defending our constitutions any more than it’s our role to give him advice on how to do his job,” said Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen of Wisconsin, a Republican. “We are the ultimate defenders of our state constitutions.”


White House Releases Statement Denouncing Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney this morning released a statement following the signing of Uganda's anti-gay law by President Museveni:

2_museveniInstead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality. As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country's commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. We will continue to urge the Ugandan government to repeal this abhorrent law and to advocate for the protection of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world.


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