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04/19/2007


South Dakota Republican State Senator: Businesses Should Be Free to Turn Away Blacks, Gays

Republican South Dakota state senator Phil Jensen — a man who voted for mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients and to legalize the murder of abortion doctors — recently explained to South Dakota Public Radio that businesses should be allowed to turn away gay and African-American customers if they so choose:

Phil_jensen"If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronise them."

Jensen is obliquely alluding to the bakeries in Indianapolis, Colorado and Oregon that refused to bake cake for same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Late last year, a Colorado judge found that one of the aforementioned bakeries “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.” But in Jensen’s capitalist vision, all bigoted businesses would quickly find themselves shut down by free-market consumers — riiiiiiiight.

It bears mentioning that Jensen also supported a now-dead bill that would have enabled state businesses to safely discriminate against LGBT customers and applicants — a bill similar to ones also considered in Mississippi, Missouri and Kansas.

He said, "As a follower of Jesus Christ, I'm commanded to love, to love everyone. That doesn't mean I must condone the lifestyle choices that someone chooses.”


George McGovern, Senator And Liberal Stalwart, Dead At 90

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In 1972, Senator George McGovern waged a largely grassroots campaign to unseat Republican President Richard Nixon. After winning his party's nomination, McGovern and his anti-war progressivism gave the Democrats a reason to hope. The Vietnam War still raged; tricky Dick was ruffling feathers and the good old days seemed like a thing of the past. But those hopes were dashed when Nixon routed McGovern's campaign.

For the next decades, even while he was still a sitting senator, McGovern's name became synonymous with quixotic, ultimately doomed campaigns campaigns. His political vision, however, lived on, and the problems he hoped to solve still remain relevant today.

Bloomberg elaborates:

The standard analysis was that it was a liability to be described as “another McGovern,” which meant “unelectable.” In August, the Republican magazine the Weekly Standard licked its chops in a story titled “Barack Hussein McGovern: The specter of 1972 is haunting the Obama campaign.”

Among the horrors of that convention 40 years ago? Support for Title IX, which banned discrimination against women in federal education funding, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Other delegates spoke out in favor of gay rights, legal contraception for unmarried couples (still a touchy issue in 1972), and abortion rights.

With regard to his commitment to equality and fairness, McGovern earlier this year came out for marriage equality, saying, quite bawdily, "I'm a 'conservative' when it comes to marriage. I think if two people love each other, are living together and having sex, they ought to get married."

Sadly, that fiery spirit is no more: McGovern's family confirmed this morning that the former senator died at the age of 90. Even in his later years, McGovern remained a champion of left-leaning causes. From the New York Times:

To the liberal Democratic faithful, Mr. McGovern remained a standard-bearer well into his old age, writing and lecturing even as his name was routinely invoked by conservatives as synonymous with what they considered the failures of liberal politics.

He never retreated from those ideals, however, insisting on a strong, “progressive” federal government to protect the vulnerable and expand economic opportunity while asserting that history would prove him correct in his opposing not only what he called “the tragically mistaken American war in Vietnam” but also the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

He believed George W. Bush should have been impeached for those invasions.

In addition to his liberal politics, McGovern will also always be known for his work with the McGovern-Fraser Commission: The Democratic Party group that hoped to prevent the turmoil they saw during their 1968 nominating convention by creating rules that still govern both parties' selecting process and let the primary replace the caucus as the dominant selection method. That contribution deserves more attention, I think, than the derisive "another McGovern" smear. It changed American politics forever.

For those of you interested in campaigns and campaign commercials, check out McGovern's infamous ad hitting President Nixon on his dishonesty, corruption, secrecy, bugging and, yes, even wheat deals AFTER THE JUMP.

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Cops, Nurse Save a Man's Life: VIDEO

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Ran across this video yesterday on Reddit and realized how often the things that are highlighted in the news are the negative aspects of law enforcement — cops behaving badly, etc. This is just a random incident, but one that just happened to be caught on the officer's dash cam, and it's riveting.

It's important to point out the good that can come from people working together, thinking quickly (and having the right equipment on hand).

Watch the video and read its YouTube description, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Fleet, Philip Johnson, Fort Worth, Band Fags, Bourbon

RoadIs Uganda's "kill the gays" bill fizzling out?

RoadNewt Gingrich calls Obama "most radical President ever".

Fleet RoadFleet takes aim at gay market with new product devised for "elective rectal cleansing."

RoadJersey Shore guidos flaunt their pecs in Miami.

RoadMichelangelo Signorile holding LGBT Leadership Town Hall in Washington D.C. on April 22 with Rea Carey, Mara Keisling, Joe Solmonese, Pam Spaulding, Richard Socarides, and Aubrey Sarvis. Also holding drawing for listeners who want to attend.

RoadKevin Sessums talks to Nathan Lane about his role as Gomez Addams in the new Broadway musical production of The Addams Family.

RoadSt. Louis man says he can't find job there because he's gay.

Road'Band Fags' Facebook page is reinstated.

RoadThe Rapid City, SD police department "tightening the flow of information" between it and the military after lesbian Air Force sergeant was outed: "A new department policy states that only the records custodian, Capt. Ed Hofkamp, can turn over official documents to the military, according to police chief Steve Allender. 'I don’t want to scare employees off, but when it comes to releasing records, they have to go through procedures,' Allender said."

RoadEven with a doofy pornstache and a bruised face Channing Tatum is still hot.

Johnson RoadMajor Philip Johnson residence restored in Dallas.

RoadSoup Cans interview with Thomas Roberts.

RoadConstance McMillen to attend NCLR's "lesbian prom" in San Francisco.

RoadThe French love Taylor Lautner.

RoadFort Worth theater withdraws offer to show cancelled Tarleton State University production of Corpus Christi, one day after offering to show it: "Adam Adolfo, executive director of Artes de la Rosa, said one 'violent' threat had been posted on the Rose Marine Facebook page on Thursday. 'Fiscal repercussions and patronage were anticipated, but in terms of violence, we only received one' threat, he said. 'The combination of producing or hosting a production of this caliber and commentary is always difficult. The board of directors felt at this time that this was not the appropriate venue or appropriate organization to be hosting this particular play.'"

Road Glee cast getting overworked?

Road Would you sit through a movie based on Hasbro's 'Battleship' game? What if Taylor Kitsch was in it?

Mitcham RoadGay unicorn Matthew Mitcham wanted to meet Lady Gaga, but was too shy.

RoadGay Bourbon drinker tells all.

RoadChris Meloni wears a shirt that suits his big guns.

RoadPlea deal possible in hate crime BB gun shootings of gay man in SF: "Shafiq Hashemi, 21, Mohammad Habibzada, 24, and Sayed Bassam, 21, are accused of shooting a 27-year-old man from their car at 16th and Guerrero streets in the Mission District on Feb. 26, then driving off. The man was hit in the cheek but not seriously injured. Police arrested the three nearby and they allegedly confessed that they had come to San Francisco to shoot gay people, according to police."

RoadPolice seize four-foot penis in raid.

RoadConfessions of a gay Mormon living in NYC (site nsfw): "I remember when I was a kid, I made a pact with God. I said, ‘Okay, I will go on my mission and I will turn twenty-one, but as soon as I do that, as soon as I take care of everything, you have to make a deal that you will go ahead and kill me. And that way I will have fulfilled everything and we will just have this whole thing done with.’"


Air Force Discharges Lesbian After Cops Out Her to Military

While 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is an unjust policy in and of itself, it's particularly unjust when someone playing by the military's rules is outed by a third party and discharged because of it. In Sergeant Jene Newsome's case, the third party was the Rapid City, South Dakota police, who happened to see an Iowa marriage certificate at her home after showing up with a warrant for her wife, who was wanted for theft in Alaska.

The AP reportsNewsome  "Newsome was at work at the base at the time and refused to immediately come home and assist the officers in finding her partner, whom she married in Iowa — where gay marriage is legal — in October. Police officers, who said they spotted the marriage license on the kitchen table through a window of Newsome's home, alerted the base, police Chief Steve Allender said in a statement sent to the AP. The license was relevant to the investigation because it showed both the relationship and residency of the two women, he said."

The ACLU of South Dakota does not feel the information was relevant and have filed a complaint:

"'This information was intentionally turned over because of 'don't ask, don't tell' and to out Jene so that she would lose her military status,' said Robert Doody, executive director of ACLU South Dakota. The ACLU is focusing its complaint on the police department, not the military, and Newsome said she and her attorney have not yet decided on whether to file a lawsuit. 'The 'don't ask, don't tell' piece is important and critical to this, but also it's a police misconduct case,' Doody said."


South Dakota State Senator Accused of Groping Male Page

Hearings are currently being held in Pierre, South Dakota over allegations by former legislative page Austin Wiese that Democratic state senator Dan Sutton groped him inappropriately last February when the two shared a Holiday Express motel room at the beginning of the page's weeklong assignment in the legislature:

Suttonwiese_1"Wiese, who was staying with Sutton because Sutton was a close personal and family friend, told the committee that the two shared a king-sized bed. Sutton touched him repeatedly on the back and hips on the first night, Wiese testified. He said Sutton moved his hand over Wiese's shorts on the second night, resting it over his genitals for 30 seconds to a minute."

Nineteen-year-old Wiese, whose main evidence in the case is a secretly taped conversation by Agent Brian Zeeb of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation in which there is no clear admission of wrongdoing by Sutton, says that he did not know in advance of his motel room stay with Sutton that there would only be one king-sized bed.

In the inconclusive tape, Sutton tells Wiese he does not recall the incident. Said Sutton: "Well I, I walk in my sleep. I, I move around. I mean Austin, I will do whatever I can. I am, I am sorry and if I. ... Heck, obviously I, obviously I, if you remember, obviously I did it."

Wiese told lawyers on the witness stand that he agreed Sutton never admitted to wrongdoing: "I'll agree with you he never makes a 100 percent (admission). Just these references."

Hearing are scheduled to continue today.


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