Weird but true: The Oklahoma legislature is considering a bill to outlaw cannibalism. Not because cannibalism has been a problem in OK. It hasn't. Check out the text of Sen. Ralph Shortey's Senate Bill 1418:
An Act relating to food; prohibiting the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
SECTION 1. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1-1150 of Title 63, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients.
SECTION 2. This act shall become effective November 1, 2012
Reading that, my first thought was: Medicine! For there couldn't possibly be any foods in OK supermarkets that contain aborted human fetuses, or that were created by R&D requiring the study thereof. Which must mean Sen. Shortey's real concern must be for the "manufacture" and "known selling" of "other products intended for human consumption." And that must mean medicine derived from embryonic stem cell research. Sen. Shortey, I thought, wants to preemptively deny his state the next decade's most advaned medical care.
But then I visited KOKHFox.com and saw their report on the legislation, and discovered that Sen. Shortey really is worried about fetuses in his food. (And, it seems, medicine. But mostly he's grossed out about the food thing.) Watch KOKHFox's report here.
As previously reported by Andy: On Tuesday, 11/15, Oklahoma City's City Council voted 7-3 in favor of a measure which would extend employment discrimination protections to gay and lesbian city employees. Now, the speech made by the measure's sponsor, Councilman Ed Shadid, has made it to the web. That guy can talk! Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP ...
Oklahoma City's City Council has voted 7-2 in favor of extending employment discrimination protections in city offices to gay and lesbian employees. The measure was introduced by Councilman Ed Shadid, The Oklahoman reports:
The measure adds “sexual orientation” to the list of protected equal employment opportunity classes. Gay employees and job applicants already had de facto protection from employment discrimination, city staff said.
In advocating for his measure, Shadid said his instinct as a businessman is to provide protection to everyone. He also said Scripture is too unclear and subjective to sway him. Shadid likened employment discrimination against gay people to efforts by Adolf Hitler to single out groups for discrimination in Nazi Germany.
There were many speakers who came out against approving it, including one pastor who made this claim:
Tom Vineyard, pastor at Windsor Hills Baptist Church, said half of all murders in large cities are committed by gay people.
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She's a 32-year-old lesbian, a kickboxer, and a veteran of the Territorial Army -- and now she's the head of the Scottish Tories!
Joan Didion's final approach.
Christwire is the funniest website in the universe:
Hell hath no spitfire like a lisping gay scorned, so it’s no surprise today to see legions of gays angrily sassafrasshing and sashaying all around their demigod Joe My God in heated fury and trying to scratch the skin off GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain.
Radical Islamists kill 100 in Nigeria.
Oklahoma: 10 earthquakes in 1 day.
Qur'anic polygamy in theory and practice.
The economy is inextricably linked to the moral fabric of this country, and we can’t have a real solution-based conversation about fixing the economic problems in this country without faith and family being a large part of that conversation. [Right, Rick. Because the more pious your nation is, the richer it is!]
The Atlantic Wire on Bill Clinton: "The former president is so fed up with the current one's inability to sell his economic message, he wrote a book to do it for him."
See zombie fish! Donate to zombie research!
Adam Lambert: looks very well scrubbed.
"An Irishman abroad's view of the Wall Street Shenanigans" -- watch AFTER THE JUMP ...
This does not please the editors at the right-wing weekly The Tulsa Beacon, who wrote a vile editorial criticizing the move.
"Gov. Mary Fallin, who campaigned on her genuine Christian values, has nominated an outspoken homosexual to a post on the important Oklahoma State Election Board," they wrote, clearly convinced that Christianity and LGBT inclusion are mutually exclusive.
"She is required to name a Democrat but nowhere is there a requirement to name a homosexual to an important post," reads the editorial.
It goes on to claim the board "needs people of integrity, not those who live a perverted lifestyle, whether it be homosexuality or heterosexual promiscuity, alcoholism, drug addiction or a host of other personal problems."
Of course the paper does not go into Roth's personal life, and obviously wants readers to associate homosexuality with promiscuity and drug addiction, one of the oldest -- and nastiest -- tricks in the anti-gay book.