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04/19/2007


Have You Given Thanks for Ted Cruz This Holiday Season? - VIDEO

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With the Thanksgiving festivities soon to commence, hate group Family Research Council thinks it's the perfect time to honor the king of all stuffed turkeys: Senator Ted Cruz.

In a TV ad set to air in Texas during NFL Thanksgiving Day football games and the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, FRC praises Cruz for "step[ping] forward" to take on the "disastrous Obamacare scheme" by "doing everything he could to stop Obamacare before it could hurt Americans."

After all, nothing says "Happy Holidays!" like working to deny others the right to affordable health care.

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Chelsea Manning is Thankful for Truth Seekers and Social Justice Pioneers

Chelsea Manning is one of several public figures writing on Thanksgiving for TIME magazine:

ManningI’m usually hesitant to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. After all, the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony systematically terrorized and slaughtered the very same Pequot tribe that assisted the first English refugees to arrive at Plymouth Rock. So, perhaps ironically, I’m thankful that I know that, and I’m also thankful that there are people who seek out, and usually find, such truths.  I’m thankful for people who, even surrounded by millions of Americans eating turkey during regularly scheduled commercial breaks in the Green Bay and Detroit football game; who, despite having been taught, often as early as five and six years old, that the “helpful natives” selflessly assisted the “poor helpless Pilgrims” and lived happily ever after, dare to ask probing, even dangerous, questions.

Such people are often nameless and humble, yet no less courageous. Whether carpenters of welders; retail clerks or bank managers; artists or lawyers, they dare to ask tough questions, and seek out the truth, even when the answers they find might not be easy to live with.

Manning goes on to salute Malcolm X, Harvey Milk, and MLK Jr. Her full essay is HERE.


Ugandan Passage of 'Kill the Gays' Bill Imminent, Activists Fear

KadagaUganda's so-called "kill the gays" bill is poised for debate in parliament and LGBT rights groups in Uganda are pleading for the world to take notice and action. Christian clerics at a recent meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, have asked the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, to pass the law as "a Christmas gift." Kadaga echoed that sentiment in a conversation with Reuters.

The bill could come up as early as today:

The proposed legislation could come up for debate in the next few days after it was included as the third item on Thursday's order paper for parliamentary business, said Helen Kawesa.

"After parliament has disposed of all the business ahead of it on the order paper it will then move on to discussing that bill," Kawesa said.

2_ugandaAmong the bill's provisions, according to an email from Sexual Minorities Uganda's Frank Mugisha:

"Any person alleged to be homosexual would be at risk of life imprisonment or in some circumstances the death penalty"

"Any parent who does not denounce their lesbian daughter or gay son to the authorities would face fines of $2,650 or three years in prison"

"Any teacher who does not report a lesbian or gay pupil to the authorities within 24 hours would face the same penalties"

"And any landlord or landlady who happens to give housing to a suspected homosexual would risk 7 years of imprisonment"

Similarly, the Bill threatens to punish or ruin the reputation of anyone who works with the gay or lesbian population, such as medical doctors working on HIV/AIDS, Civil Society leaders active in the fields of sexual and reproductive health; or even religious leaders providing guidance and counseling to people who are unsure of their sexuality or any other consultations. There are claims that the bill has been watered down, however we reiterate our position that we condemn this bill in its entirety.

The existing law has already been employed in an arbitrary way, and this Bill will just intensify that effect.

Adds Mugisha in the email: "All of the offences covered by the Bill as drafted can be applied to a Ugandan citizen who allegedly commits them - even outside the country of Uganda! At the very least, the bill violates all principle human rights and if enacted, it would contravene 8 articles of Uganda's own constitution. It not only violates the Constitution of Uganda but Uganda's international human rights obligations, and also stifles debate, undermines Civil Society and demeans the common citizenship of all Ugandans."

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin has an EXCELLENT breakdown of what the provisions in the law would do and who they would affect. It is draconian and terrifying.

From the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Uganda:

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is on order paper today under NOTICE OF BUSINESS TO FOLLOW No.3. Meaning it will be on business of the day any time from tomorrow. Following the caution to the international community not to make any loud noises until the bill scheduled for debate, it is now with profound sadness that we give the clear for any form of international outcry against this determined move by parliament to pass this bill. We urge you all now to go all out to condemn this move in any way you see as fitting including statements (we would be glad if President Obama and other world leaders issued stern statements condemning). Thank you and hoping with all our hearts that this action by parliament does not come to pass.

You can write the U.S. State Department on its Facebook page HERE.

Activist Scott Long suggests "one of the best things people could do is write to their own foreign ministry demanding they make immediate representations to the Ugandan government about the bill. Alternatively write or call your national embassy in Kampala." There are lists of foreign embassies in Uganda at:

http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Uganda/uganda2.html

http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/uganda

You can also sign AllOut's petition HERE.

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Uncle Sam and Spider-Man Enjoy Some Pre-Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Festivities: PHOTO

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In which Uncle Sam figures out what 'Spidey Sense' really means.

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Obama Gives Shout-Out to Nate Silver at Turkey Pardon: VIDEO

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President Obama gave two turkeys a presidential pardon today. Cobbler and Gobbler will head to their future home at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. In his remarks, Obama gave a shout-out to NYT number-cruncher Nate Silver:

"For the first time in our history, the winners of the White House turkey pardon were chosen through a highly competitive online vote, and once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it. The guy's amazing. He predicted these guys would win."

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Jon Stewart Rips FOX News Over Obama's Thanksgiving Speech 'God' Omission: VIDEO

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On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart carved up FOX News anchors for going nuts over the fact that Obama left 'God' out of his Thanksgiving speech.

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