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  • James Martin
    1) My comments over the last three weeks and two days -- 23 days 2) anti-gay psychologist George Rekers get caught! 3) A message to anti-gay psychologist
    Message 1 of 1 , May 21, 2010
      1) My comments over the last three weeks and two days -- 23 days
      2) anti-gay psychologist George Rekers get caught!
      3) A message to anti-gay psychologist George Rekers: Heal thyself
      4) A Heaven-Sent Rent Boy
      5) Family Research Council (FRC) lies again
      6) Professor dumped from oil spill team over writings
      7) The Hidden Bible -- The Jesus Secret
      8) Ryan White changed Elton John's life
      9) best birthday wish video ever
      10) Betty Bowers -- Are You Doing Your Part to Pretend to Care about the Constitution?
      11) Leviticus Loses
      12) Indiana Republican Souder says he'll resign over affair
      13) Anti-Gay Family Values GOP Rep. Mark Souder To Resign Over Affair With Staffer
      14) Principled San Jose teen stands up to principal
      15) Miss USA controversies storm the blogosphere
      16) 7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook
      17) The Road to Redemption
      18) Unhealthiest Juices in America
      19) The Worst Words to Say at Work
      20) 5 Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires
      21) 5 Ways to Ensure Mediocrity in Your Organization
      22) Tomorrow's Real Estate Trouble Spots
      23) Housing Optimists Are "Not Paying Attention" to the Facts, Says Dean Baker
      24) Greece Falls: Is The US Next?

      My last NEWS was three weeks two days ago Wednesday 28 April 2010
      Regarding the "oil spill", my comment then ---

      The cost of this accident-disaster will exceed that of Valdez, Alaska. And BP, like Exxon, won't pay much. Well, maybe they will because this one affects far more people than far away few people Alaska.

      But I don't believe they will pay anywhere near enough. "All legitimate claims" they say. I don't believe a word of it.

      sad satire ---
      This is God's punishment on all the Southern Baptists and other rightwing Christians who discriminate/behave so badly.

      My comment today ---

      This is Capitalism's weapon of mass destruction. This is all caused by white men on Wall Street. Like I have said many, many times before: the cost of "Mexicans" (illegal emigrants) in this country is money in the bank compared with what white men on Wall Street have cost this country.

      This is going to be the worst oil spill ever. They haven't stopped the leak yet -- and don't know how to stop it.

      Armageddon is coming in an unexpected form! Created by humans! God's not going to intervene!
      Like JC said, we will not know the day or time. (Most humans are much to stupid.)

      I can envision the day when the earth is covered with a layer of crude oil, and life has ceased to exist. The end of our eternal life here on this planet. Gory be.

      Glad I'm getting old.


      In the past three weeks, the most amusing thing to happen is that another closeted rightwing homophobic pig was caught with a Rent Boy!











      Miami Herald
      A message to anti-gay psychologist George Rekers: Heal thyself

      Wed, May. 12, 2010

      Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/12/v-print/1624904/physician-heal-thyself.html#ixzz0obNuSAjq

      He purported to cure homosexual urges. But if that were possible, you'd think he'd have started with himself.
      Meaning psychologist Dr. George Rekers, 61, a leader of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. NARTH believes gays can be made straight. It is a belief the organization now struggles to reconcile with Rekers' rather contradictory behavior.

      As initially reported in Miami New Times, Rekers recently went on a two-week vacation to Europe. He took with him a male traveling companion, one Jo-vanni Roman -- alias ``Geo,'' alias ``Lucien,'' age 20. Rekers found said traveling companion advertised on rentboy.com , a website featuring images of admirably fit young men whose gym fees and personal trainer costs evidently leave them little budget for clothing.

      Rekers paid Roman's expenses and gave him $75 a day. He certainly had the wherewithal to do so, having recently pocketed over $120,000 from the state of Florida to testify in favor of the state's ban on gay adoptions. So in effect, Florida taxpayers helped Rekers rent his rentboy. Florida, for what it's worth, is projecting a $6 billion budget deficit for next year.

      Both men say Rekers did not purchase sex. Roman says he did, however, give Rekers nude ``sexual massages'' that stopped short of sexual release.

      Rekers' explanation? He needed someone to carry his luggage. No, seriously, that's his explanation.

      If all this sounds like a rerun, that's only because it is. Indeed, in recent years, the crusader against gay rights who is revealed to be secretly gay himself has become a ``type,'' ubiquitous to the point of cliché. The list includes disgraced evangelist Ted Haggard, the late former Spokane mayor James West, California state Sen. Roy Ashburn, Mel White, ghost writer for the likes of Jerry Falwell, who became a gay activist, and my personal favorite, Michael Bussee, a founder of Exodus International, another group that purported to cure homosexuality. He gave it up when he fell in love with a guy named Gary Cooper.

      As much free material as fellows like this provide for the likes of Jon Stewart and David Letterman, as perversely entertaining as it is to watch someone work out his private psychodrama in the public space, as fascinating as naked self-loathing can be, it is important to remember that this is not harmless.

      To the contrary, there is a moral crime here. We are, after all, talking about men in positions of authority and reach, men who could make laws and influence public perception and who used that power against their own.

      Put yourself in the shoes of the teenager, bewildered and frightened by these feelings he or she is not ``supposed'' to have, feelings of sexual attraction to people of the same gender. You try to deny them, try to ignore them, try to suppress them, but they will not go away. You are all alone, isolated behind a secret that presses down on you like weights, a fear of rejection that haunts you like ghosts.

      And here comes Dr. Rekers telling you you are abnormal, telling you you are bad, telling you he can cure you, as if you had a disease like measles or the flu.

      Then, in his off hours, after he's done curing you, he's trolling rentboy.com looking for young men to handle his, ahem . . . baggage.

      That's more than hypocrisy, more even than self-loathing. It is a betrayal of one's own, a sellout of the most vulnerable.

      And what's sad is not just that a George Rekers would do this, but that ours is a culture that would encourage and reward such duplicity in the first place.

      He purported to heal homosexuals? One is reminded of an injunction from the book of Luke: ``Physician, heal thyself.'' Rekers would be wise to heed that advice.

      Homosexual urges are the least of his afflictions.


      New York Times
      May 14, 2010
      A Heaven-Sent Rent Boy
      OF all wars, only culture wars offer the hope of sheer, unadulterated hilarity. Sex and hypocrisy were staples of farce long before America became a nation, and they never go out of style. Just listen to the roaring audience at the new hit Broadway revival of the perennial "La Cage aux Folles," where a family-values politician gets his comeuppance in drag. Or check out the real-life closet case of George Rekers, who has been fodder for late-night television comics all month.

      Rekers is in a class by himself even in the era of Larry Craig and Ted Haggard. A Baptist minister and clinical psychologist with a bent for "curing" homosexuality, the married, 61-year-old Rekers was caught by Miami New Times last month in the company of a 20-year-old male escort at Miami International Airport. The couple was returning from a 10-day trip to London and Madrid. New Times, which published its exposé in early May, got an explanation from Rekers: "I had surgery, and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him."

      Alas, a photo showed Rekers, rather than his companion, handling the baggage cart. The paper also reported that Rekers had recruited the young man from Rentboy.com, a Web site whose graphic sexual content requires visitors to vouch for their age. Rentboy.com - really, who could make this stuff up?

      Much like the former Senator Craig, Rekers claims it was all an innocent mix-up. His only mistake, he told the magazine Christianity Today, was to hire a "travel assistant" without proper vetting. Their travels were not in vain. The good minister expressed gratitude that his rent boy "did let me share the gospel of Jesus Christ with him with many Scriptures in three extended conversations."

      This is a family newspaper, so you must supply your own jokes here.

      But once we stop laughing, we must remember that culture wars are called wars for a reason. For all the farcical shenanigans they can generate, they do inflict real casualties - both at the micro level, on the lives of ordinary people, and at the national level, where, as we're seeing right now, a Supreme Court nominee's entire record can be reduced to a poisonous and distorted debate over her stand on the single culture-war issue of "don't ask, don't tell."

      Rekers is no bit player in these wars. Though he's not a household name, he should be. He's the Zelig of homophobia, having played a significant role in many of the ugliest assaults on gay people and their civil rights over the last three decades. His public career dates back to his authorship of a theoretically scholarly 1982 tome titled "Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality." (I say theoretically because many of the footnotes cite his own previous writings.) And what did Rekers think that families should know? By Chapter 2, he is citing the cautionary tale of how one teacher's "secret homosexual lifestyle most likely led to his murder."

      Rekers soon went on to become a co-founder with James Dobson of the Family Research Council, a major, if not the major, activist organization of the religious right as well as a power broker in the Republican Party. When the Miami scandal broke, the council's current president, Tony Perkins, quickly tried to distance himself, claiming that he had to review "historical records" to verify who Rekers was and that his organization had "no contact" with him or "knowledge of his activities" for over a decade.

      That historical record is hardly as obscure as Perkins maintained. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC found that only weeks before Rekers's excellent European adventure, his name appeared on the masthead of an official-looking letter sent to some 14,000 school superintendents nationwide informing them that homosexuality is a choice that can be stamped out by therapy. The letter was from the "American College of Pediatricians" - a misnomer for what is actually a political organization peddling homophobic junk-science. Rekers was also on the board of another notorious peddler of gay "cures" - the National Association for Research and Therapy on Homosexuality, or Narth - until he resigned last week. Such groups have done nothing to stop homosexuality but plenty to help promote punitive "treatment" and suicidal depression among untold numbers of gay youths.

      No less destructive has been Rekers's role in maintaining the draconian Florida law prohibiting adoptions by gay couples and individuals, a relic of the Anita Bryant era. When the law was challenged in court two years ago, the state Attorney General Bill McCollum personally intervened to enlist Rekers as an expert witness to uphold it. Rekers charged $120,000 for his services - a taxpayers' expenditure now becoming an issue in the Florida gubernatorial race, where McCollum is a Republican candidate to succeed Charlie Crist. A Miami judge ruled Florida's law unconstitutional, and even now McCollum is appealing that decision.

      Rekers was also an expert witness in a similar court case in Arkansas in 2004. That anti-gay-adoption law was also ruled unconstitutional. (His bill there was $200,000, but he settled for $60,000.) In 1998 Rekers was hired as an expert witness by the Boy Scouts to uphold its gay ban in a case before the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission. And then there's Rekers's cameo in the current Proposition 8 trial in California: one of his homophobic screeds can be found in the bibliography for the "expert report" by David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values, the star witness for the anti-same-sex-marriage forces.

      Thanks to Rekers's clownish public exposure, we now know that his professional judgments are windows into his cracked psyche, not gay people's. But there is nothing funny about the destruction his writings and public activities have sown. His fringe views have not remained on the fringe. His excursions into public policy have had real and damaging consequences on a large swath of Americans.

      The crusade he represents is, thankfully, on its last legs. American attitudes about homosexuality continue to change very fast. In the past month, as square a cultural venue as Archie comic books has announced the addition of a gay character, the country singer Chely Wright has come out as a lesbian, and Laura Bush has told Larry King that she endorses the "same" rights for all committed couples and believes same-sex marriage "will come." All of this news has been greeted by most Americans with shrugs, as it should be.

      But the rear-guard remnants of the Rekers crowd are not going down without a fight, and their focus on Elena Kagan has been most revealing. There are many grounds to debate Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, wherever you are on the political spectrum. There are many questions about her views and record that remain unanswered. But from the get-go the preponderance of the debate on the right has been about her handling of military recruitment as dean at Harvard Law School. Here her history is unambiguous.

      Despite her critics' cries, Kagan never banned military recruitment of law students and never denigrated the military in word or deed. She followed Harvard's existing (and unexceptional) antidiscrimination policy while a court battle played out over a Congressional act denying federal funds to universities barring military recruiters. She was so cautious - too cautious, I'd argue - that she did not join the majority of her own faculty in urging Harvard to sue the government over the funding law, limiting her action instead to the signing of an amicus brief.

      She did declare that "don't ask, don't tell" was "a moral injustice of the first order." Given that a Washington Post-ABC News poll in February showed that 75 percent of Americans want that policy rescinded - as do the president, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of defense - this is hardly a view out of the American mainstream. Yet if you went to the Web site of the organization Rekers co-founded, the Family Research Council, and clicked on "Tony Perkins' Washington Update" last week, you'd have found a head shot of Kagan with the legend "Deep Ties With the Gay Agenda." What those "deep ties" are is never stated. Indeed, Kagan said only last year that "there is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage."

      The Family Research Council's line has been embraced by the non-fringe right, including some Republicans in the Senate. In mid-April, a full month before Kagan's nomination was even announced, The Wall Street Journal preemptively hyped this plan of attack with a conspicuously placed news article headlined "Kagan Foes Cite Gay-Rights Stand." The only foes cited were religious right organizations.

      The real game became clear when that same week a former Bush aide and Republican Senate staffer published unsubstantiated rumors about Kagan's private life in a blog at CBSNews.com. (It was taken down after White House denials.) Those rumors have chased all unmarried Supreme Court justices or would-be justices loathed by the right, whether Republicans like David Souter and Harriet Miers or the previous Obama choice, Sonia Sotomayor.

      By late last week, double-entendre wisecracks about Kagan's softball prowess were all the rage on Fox News and MSNBC. These dying gasps of our culture wars, like Rekers's farcical pratfall, might be funnier if millions of gay Americans and their families were not still denied their full civil rights.


      Thursday May 6, 2010
      Family Research Council's European Gaycation
      Faisal Shahzad forgets his keys, Greece drowns in debt, BP tries to cap the oil spill, and George Rekers rents a male prostitute.


      Anti-Gay Activist's Rentboy Talks to CNN


      utter stupidity, arrogance, and bigotry from the --->

      Family Research Council (FRC) www.frc.org
      May 21, 2010
      Tony Perkins' Washington Update

      Running Out the Kagan Clock

      It looks like the woman who called confirmation hearings a "vapid and hollow charade" will get to take part in a farce all her own. The Elena Kagan of 1995 reamed the Senate for filling Supreme Court vacancies through an "empty process" that serves no "function, except perhaps to reinforce [the citizens'] cynicism..." Fifteen years later, the Solicitor General may still be open to "serious discussion" -- but Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) is doing everything he can to protect her from it. The Senate Judiciary Chairman is sticking by his June 28 hearing date without the benefit of 160,000 pages of documents from Kagan's time in the Clinton White House. Archivers at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museam are scrambling to deliver the materials, which they say will be "very difficult" to do by next month's deadline. Terri Garner, the center's director, said, "These are legal documents and they are presidential records, and they have to be read by an archivist and vetted for any legal restrictions. And they have to be read line by line."

      Of course, the White House could have expedited the process weeks ago, but regardless, the Senate Chair has a responsibility to postpone the hearings until the paperwork is delivered to Committee members. Not surprisingly, the Vermont Democrat doesn't see it that way. Taking a page from Sen. Carl Levin's (D-Mich.) "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" book, Leahy is pushing for a "pass now, evaluate later" approach. Of course, that's even more ridiculous when you consider the Supreme Court's fall term doesn't even kick off until October. What will a few extra weeks matter? A brief delay won't affect anything but Sen. Leahy's attempt to hide her radical record.

      Maybe Democrats are worried that more articles will surface like this one, in which Kagan "hopes for a future 'marked by American disillusionment with conservative programs and solutions, and that a new, revitalized, perhaps more leftist left will once again come to the fore.'" This impatience with Kagan's confirmation was deeply troubling to the Senators I met with this week. They all expressed concern about the missing documents. Even if the records do appear, there's no guarantee that the Committee will have time to review them. This probably won't matter to congressional liberals, who, as we learned from the stimulus and health care debates, aren't big readers anyway. For more inside scoop on Elena Kagan's nomination, don't miss the new edition of Washington Watch Weekly. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is my guest, along with Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.) who joins us to talk about his fight against politicizing the military in the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" debate. To listen online or to find a station near you, check out frcradio.org.

      Homosexuality in Women: It's Nurture, Not Nature
      Original research conducted by FRC has just driven another nail in the coffin of the "gay gene" myth. Homosexual activists want to win the affirmation and celebration of homosexual relationships as a matter of "civil rights." That campaign rests largely on an effort to persuade people that homosexuality is fixed at birth by genetic or biological factors, rather than influenced by social and environmental ones. But the latest edition of Mapping America, the flagship publication of FRC 's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), has proven that family structure in childhood has a huge influence on the likelihood of women to engage in homosexual conduct as adults.

      Drawing on data from the National Survey of Family Growth, FRC's Patrick Fagan, Ph.D., working with D. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., found that women who grew up with their married, biological mother and father were the least likely to have had a same-sex sexual partner in the previous year. Women who did not grow up with both biological parents were anywhere from 50% to 240% more likely to have had a homosexual partner. The study also looked at the correlation between homosexual conduct and religious attendance. Overall, it found that women from non-intact families who never attend worship are four and a half times more likely to have homosexual relations than women from intact families who worship weekly. It's clear that nurture, not nature, plays the principal role in determining which women pursue homosexual relationships.


      Like I have said many times: Nobody knows how to lie and bear false witness like a conservative religionist trying to protect their sacred ages of ages prejudice.


      San Francisco Chronicle
      Professor dumped from oil spill team over writings
      By JIM SALTER, Associated Press Writer

      Wednesday, May 19, 2010

      (05-19) 11:19 PDT ST. LOUIS (AP) --

      A St. Louis scientist who was among a select group picked by the Obama administration to pursue a solution to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been removed from the group because of writings on his website, the U.S. Energy Department confirmed Wednesday.

      Washington University physics professor Jonathan Katz was one of five top scientists chosen by the Department of Energy and attended meetings in Houston last week.

      Though considered a leading scientist, Katz's website postings often touch on social issues. Some of those writings have stirred anger in the past and include postings defending homophobia and questioning the value of racial diversity efforts.

      Energy Secretary Steven Chu was not aware of Katz's writings before selecting him for the panel, spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller said. It was not immediately clear how the department became aware of the writings.

      "Dr. Chu has spoken with dozens of scientists and engineers as part of his work to help find solutions to stop the oil spill," a statement from the Energy Department said. "Some of Professor Katz's controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill. Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the Department's efforts."

      Katz did not respond to a phone message and e-mail seeking an interview. The extent of work he performed on the oil spill recovery effort was not immediately known.

      In a website posting titled "In Defense of Homophobia," Katz wrote about the AIDS epidemic.

      "The human body was not designed to share hypodermic needles, it was not designed to be promiscuous, and it was not designed to engage in homosexual acts," he wrote. "Engaging in such behavior is like riding a motorcycle on an icy road without a helmet. It may be possible to get away with it for a while, and a few misguided souls may get a thrill out of doing so, but sooner or later (probably sooner) the consequences will be catastrophic. Lethal diseases spread rapidly among people who do such things."

      In another posting, Katz questioned the value of diversity efforts.

      "The diversity movement is racist at its core," he writes. "When dealing with people we should be concerned with intellect, talent, character and accomplishment. People aren't dogs or cattle; race matters only to racists."

      A.J. Bockelman, director of PROMO, a St. Louis-bases advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, applauded the decision to remove Katz.

      "It's disappointing at a time like this that when all Americans need to come together and focus on relief efforts and recovery efforts in the Gulf, someone divisive was placed in a position of power," Bockelman said.

      A spokeswoman for Washington University declined comment. The university said in a statement that its guidelines allow personal pages by students, graduates, faculty or staff members as long as they comply with the law and do not involve copyright infringement, constitute libel or harassment, or contain illegal materials.



      Jonathan Katz website: http://bit.ly/bKw0LZ




      ABC News video




      Betty Bowers
      Are You Doing Your Part to Pretend to Care about the Constitution?
      Monday 26 April 2010

      TO: Furious Teabaggers Throughout America

      FROM: Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian

      RE: Are you doing your part to pretend to care about the US Constitution?

      Why pretend to care about that Constitution all of a sudden?

      Because yelling, "I'm fixing to fire off a few rounds 'cause a damned Colored is in the White House!" lacks a certain charm and seems to rile the Socialists® who care about other people's feelings in the LamestreamT media. HELPFUL HINT: Also sidestep expressly mentioning sedition, regicide or anything involving live ammunition, as these more candid remarks may result in your family's Christian prayers for the violent deaths of Democrats being rudely interrupted by the busybodies at the Secret Service.

      Does pretending to care about the Constitution entitle me to do more fun, Timothy-McVeigh-style antics than when I pretend to care about other stuff like, say, our troops -- or reality?

      I'm glad you asked! The Constitution is as close to the Bible as the secular world gets: Full of persnickety rules, but without the gusty encouragements to murder people. As such, any time you purport to protect the Constitution, even your most crass, selfish remark is miraculously cloaked in civic selflessness. As any Christian (or Muslim) fundamentalists can tell you: The higher the calling you can claim, the lower the tactics you can use! Telling people you are compelled by the Constitution (or the Fatherland or the one True Faith®), leaves you free to ignore laws that get in your way -- or pesky elections that didn't go your way! Glory!

      Which parts of the Constitution should I pretend to care about most?

      Frankly, the very question reeks of Intellectual EliteT curiosity and its nefarious liberal-lovin' cousin: facts. Let's just say this: not the parts George W. Bush violated for 8 years (e.g., Search and Seizure, Fourth Amendment, and Habeas Corpus, Article One, Section 9) without even a decaf chamomile teabag being flung. If pressed, simply employ a time-tested GOP response to any inconvenient inquiry: Obfuscation by accusation! Try this: "You're not familiar enough with the Constitution to IMMEDIATELY know what dang parts I'm out here screeching about instead of more candidly (and pettily) carping about losing an election? You ain't no Real AmericanT -- libtard!" Pepper the sky with spittle bullets if the nosy liberal dares to ask a follow-up question.

      Which parts of the Constitution should I not bother pretending to care about?

      Ignoring articles and amendments to the Constitution is an enormous time-saver to the teabagger on the go! Since most Americans have never read the document (and most often confuse it with the Declaration of Independence or any number of bromides slapped on bumpers or needlepointed on pillows), you will enjoy great leeway in this regard. But every Sarah-Palin-loving, catchphrase-spouting True ChristianT will want to make a point of ignoring these really inconvenient parts:

      Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
      This thoroughly annoying passage "technically" prohibits Congress from requiring every man, woman and child in the land to flatter Jesus, as the poor, insecure thing has quite shamelessly demanded. As a constitutional scholar at Bob Jones University told me, "Unless it's the Second Amendment, where the Founding Fathers told us to take assault rifles to the movie theater, only an activist judge would enforce the Constitution, a pile of secular bullcrap written by a pack of Jesus-denying Theists! Betty, did you know that Thomas Jefferson called the Bible a 'dung hill'?" Honestly, if any clause of the Constitution calls out for a loud and hearty "la la la la la la I CAN'T HEAR YOU!," it's this one!

      The Equal Protection Clause
      The Fourteenth Amendment, rammed down America's throat in fleeting post-war guilt over the alleged nuisance of having to be a slave, is now providing a toehold for pushy, rights-obsessed homosexuals to slip their expensive Italian shoes through the carefully guarded door to equal rights. Remember: When folks we don't like want the same rights we enjoy, we call them "special rights" -- because we are so darn special. Gals, save a few la-las for this Amendment!

      "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States" Article VI, Section 3.
      Of course, asking "You ain't no Muslamic are you, boy?" before administering an oath of office isn't a test; it's simply a pointed inquiry.

      The appalling fact that Jesus isn't mentioned in the entire Constitution -- not even once!
      But, frankly, what do you expect from "men" who wrote books, wore wigs and enjoyed sliding on silk stockings? They can't all be Sean Hannity!

      Sixteenth Amendment
      The most anti-Tea Party garbage in the whole Constitution, this amendment allows Congress (technically, the "Representation" part in "No Taxation Without Representation!") to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states or basing it on Census results. This Amendment is completely inconsistent with almost every Tea Party sign and, ispo facto, void. Give thanks for the miracles that are possible when you aren't fettered by so-called reality! Praise the Lord and pass the bullhorn!






      Another bigot busted


      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_congress_souder click on URL for video
      Indiana Rep. Souder says he'll resign over affair
      By Tom Davies And Deanna Martin, Associated Press Writers
      Tuesday 18 May 2010

      INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Republican Mark Souder, an eight-term Republican who promoted abstinence education, said Tuesday he'll resign from Congress after admitting an extramarital affair with a part-time staff member.
      Souder won a bruising primary just two weeks ago, and the resignation effective Friday could hurt the GOP's chances of holding onto the Republican-leaning district in November in a year that many expect will favor the party.

      Souder, an evangelical Christian who has championed family values and traditional marriage, apologized for his actions but provided no details during an emotional news conference at his Fort Wayne office.

      "I am so ashamed to have hurt the ones I love," he said as he battled tears. "I am sorry to have let so many friends down, people who have worked so hard for me."

      The announcement stunned many in political circles.

      "Most people in this part of the state are as dumbfounded as they could be," said Bob Schmuhl, a political analyst and University of Notre Dame professor.

      Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said he was surprised and disappointed by Souder's announcement.

      "He did a wrong thing but now he's done the right thing," Daniels said.

      A spokeswoman from Daniels' office said a special election will be held to fill the vacancy. The winner would complete the remainder of Souder's term that ends in January.

      Republican and Democratic precinct committeemen in the district will choose nominees for the special election, and GOP precinct officials would choose a candidate for the November ballot. The special election cannot be held until at least 60 days after the vacancy occurs.

      Throughout his time in Congress, Souder made his evangelical Christianity a centerpiece of his public persona. He was known for his outspoken views on religion and his uncompromising conservative positions on social issues such as abortion.

      He said after a 2008 hearing on abstinence-only education that the only fully reliable way young people can protect themselves from pregnancy and STDs is by "abstaining from sex until in a committed, faithful relationship."

      Around the same time, he also recorded a video interview with a staff member in which he stressed the importance of abstinence education.

      As a lawmaker, Souder was best known for his work on drug enforcement issues and his opposition to online gambling. Souder played an important role in 2006 legislation signed by President George W. Bush that targeted methamphetamine dealers.

      "To serve has been a blessing and a responsibility given from God. I wish I could have been a better example," Souder said, his voice breaking. "I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff."

      He said he chose to resign rather than subject his family to a "painful, drawn-out process" in what he called "the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C."

      "I'm sick of politicians who drag their spouses in front of the cameras rather than confronting the problems that they've caused," he said.

      Souder, 59, has been married to Diane since 1974, according to the biography on his office website. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.

      Souder was seeking a ninth term after winning the May 4 Republican primary with 48 percent of the vote. His GOP opponent, car dealer Bob Thomas, spent much of his own money on television commercials portraying Souder as a career politician who wasn't a true fiscal conservative. Souder countered by emphasizing his A-plus marks from the National Rifle Association and 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

      In November, Souder was to face Democrat Tom Hayhurst, a former Fort Wayne city councilman who got 46 percent of the vote against Souder in 2006 - the toughest challenge since Souder was first elected in 1994.

      Hayhurst said in statement that his thoughts and prayers were with Souder and his family.

      "I'm not running for Congress to run against anyone, but I'm running because I think I can help change Washington and that will not change not matter who is in the race," Hayhurst said.

      Republicans hope the GOP tendencies will prevail in November in the district that John McCain carried by more than 10 points in the 2008 presidential election.

      One possible Republican replacement for Souder is state Sen. Marlin Stutzman of Howe, who finished second to former Sen. Dan Coats in this month's GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.

      Souder's resignation continues a significant turnover among Indiana's congressional delegation this year.

      Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh announced in February he wouldn't seek re-election, saying he had tired of Congress. Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth is leaving his southern Indiana seat to run for Bayh's position.

      Republican Rep. Steve Buyer, who had been under fire over a foundation he'd set up to award college scholarships, said he January he wouldn't seek a 10th term in the House after his wife was diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease.


      Associated Press writers Henry C. Jackson in Washington and Rick Callahan in Indianapolis contributed to this report.


      Anti-Gay Family Values GOP Rep. Mark Souder To Resign Over Affair With Staffer

      Family values evangelical Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), who in 2004 famously compared gay people to alcoholics, will resign today amid allegations that he had an affair with a female staffer. Souder is married with three children.
      Saying he "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff," Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd, said Tuesday he will resign from Congress. Souder, who won re-nomination to run for a ninth term, said he won't be a candidate in the fall. "I believe it is the best decision for my family, the people of northeast Indiana and our country," he said in a statement. Souder is the latest politician whose political career crumbled under rumors and admissions of extramarital affairs. "In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain," he said. "I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process.
      Souder's anti-gay voting record: NO on hate crimes (2009), NO on ENDA (2007), YES on constitutional ban on gay marriage (2006), YES on gay adoption ban (1999).

      Souder in 2004: "I believe people can have a propensity to alcoholism. I believe they can have a propensity to look at pornography on [the] Internet. I believe they can have a propensity to be homosexual. But I believe that it's wrong and it's controllable. That is a fundamental, biblically based view that doesn't leave a lot of room or comfortability in a society where they don't want you to have absolutes."

      Apparently people also have a propensity to fuck their employees.


      see also http://www.truthwinsout.org/blogroll/2010/05/8860/


      Principled San Jose teen stands up to principal
      By Scott Herhold

      Mercury News Columnist

      Posted: 04/30/2010 06:51:42 PM PDT
      Updated: 05/01/2010 08:07:59 AM PDT

      In an era of student apathy and fear, Jennifer Phan of Santa Teresa High School might be the shining exception. And it's all the more remarkable that she writes her protest in four-foot letters of pink chalk.
      A slender young woman with a careful command of rhetoric, Jennifer confronted the administration at Santa Teresa High on Friday with a 15-minute walkout to protest budget cuts affecting counselors, psychologists and career staff.

      Then, after school, several dozen students showed up at East Side Union High School District headquarters to decorate the sidewalks with chalked expressions of outrage. "Write your passions!" she told them.

      That passion led her to a clash with Santa Teresa Principal John Duran this week. And it raises the question of just how well-behaved we want kids to be when they confront political and social problems.

      The 17-year-old senior, who has a 4.0 average and is headed to UC Santa Cruz, could have shrugged at the district's pain. After all, she won't be around next year, when the brunt of the budget cutbacks hit.

      But as an active member of her school's student government, she wants to have impact. "I feel it's unfair for other students not to have the experience I had," she told me. "I want students to feel empowered."

      First, the background: The East Side district is making severe cuts this year, trimming advisers and others across the board. Trustee J. Manuel Herrera says the cuts will total $19 million, after a $22 million cut last year.

      In response, Jennifer organized the "iMatter" movement, calling for a walkout Friday at 9:30. It drew about 200 students who scrawled their protest in chalk on the campus concrete. And it irked the administration because Jennifer did not do it during a break, at lunch or after school.

      Big impact

      "I wanted this to be a big impact," she told me when I asked her why. "I wanted a crowd. Making this during school allows students, teachers and staff to come together as one and be willing to suffer consequences for a good cause."

      That approach had many backers. But it also frayed tempers. Jennifer told me Principal Duran had warned her she could be suspended and prevented from walking at graduation if the walkout went forward.

      On Monday, Jennifer said, Duran went to her home and talked to her Vietnamese-speaking mother about her daughter's activities. "He didn't have a translator, and he made her panic," Jennifer told me. "I felt it was stepping over the line."

      When I called Duran, he said, "No comment" - which might be a sign that the East Side Union district offers principals very little media training. But school board member Frank Biehl told me that the district tries to channel student protest into time that does not eat into class.

      "Mr. Duran is a pretty reasonable guy," added trustee Herrera, who's running for San Jose City Council. "I'm suspecting that he probably sought to guide the protest within some framework. It may not have been understood that way by the student."

      No suspension

      Fortunately, it didn't come to a suspension. The irony of the flare-up is that many staffers at Santa Teresa are on Jennifer's side. And the act of protest for 15 minutes is probably as educational as whatever the students were doing in class.

      Jennifer can fairly be described as a youthful master of rhetoric.

      On the Facebook page for iMatter, she's shown at a couple of community meetings, asking the adults listening to raise their hands if they benefited from counselors or mental health services when they were students.

      "Jennifer came to our class about two weeks ago and spoke," said Erin Gillman, a graduate student in social work at San Jose State. "We all felt ashamed of ourselves - not because she was lecturing us, but because the girl has so much intensity, it was unreal."

      In the middle of this, however, Jennifer is still a 17-year-old trying to figure out what to do in life. At UC Santa Cruz, she intends to study business administration, but she admits she's intrigued by her foray into public affairs.

      My guess is that she has a future - if she wants it - in politics. And I don't mean that negatively.

      Contact Scott Herhold at sherhold@... or 408-275-0917.


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      My comment -- The recession is far from over. In this new economy, The Dow may top 11,000, but that does not translate into new hires. In fact, just the opposite is now the new economy. Hire as few as possible, if any at all.


      http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/housing-bulls-are-%22not-paying-attention%22-to-the-facts-says-dean-baker-483703.html?tickers=xhb,^dji,^gspc,xlf,tlt,tbt video at URL

      Housing Optimists Are "Not Paying Attention" to the Facts, Says Dean Baker
      Posted May 12, 2010 10:02am EDT by Heesun Wee in Investing, Banking, Housing
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      Among the crowded ranks of economists and market watchers, Dean Baker stands out. Baker presciently called the housing bubble when he published "The Run-up in Home Prices: Is It Real or Is It Another Bubble?" in 2002.

      So does our guest Baker see the so-called housing recovery now? "No. I mean I think people that are saying that just aren't paying attention to what's in front of their eyes," says Baker, an American economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

      "I think we're going to see a big fall-off in purchases for the rest of 2010 and even into 2011," Baker says. "So the idea that somehow the market is stable, that housing prices will rise anytime soon - it's really hard to make a case for that."

      Baker lays out several reasons for his bearish case:

      a.. Programs that lifted the market, including the tax credit for first-time buyers, have expired.
      b.. The Federal Reserve is exiting the mortgage market, which will likely push rates to 5.5% to 6% by the end of the year.
      c.. There's still an inventory glut and rental rates are falling in many markets, notes Baker, author of "False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy." He says the rental market doesn't lie.
      Naturally the housing bulls disagree. Hedge-fund manager John Paulson, for example, said housing prices in hard-hit California will begin to rise this year, setting the stage for a wider recovery, as the FT reports.

      So what are the chances of, say, another tax credit or purchase of mortgage-backed securities? "I think they'd be reluctant to do that because of the signal it would send," Baker says in the accompanying clip. "I mean it would send this unambiguous signal things really are bad, worse than had been advertised."

      Click on the player to learn about Baker's idea to let struggling homeowners stay in their homes, and prevent home inventory from climbing even higher.


      Greece Falls: Is The US Next?


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