Hey, this could be progress. About time last year, the Democratic National Convention booed when the platform committee tried to backtrack and add a mention of God that had been earlier removed. In Iowa, at least Democrats have gone back to openly praying, but perhaps they should be hoping that God isn’t listening:
They made the unusual decision, for Democrats, to begin the event with a prayer. This was likely in response to a prayer vigil being conducted by pro-life activists at the same time nearby.
Des Moines activist Midge Slater took the podium and spent five and a half minutes thanking God for abortion rights, abortion doctors and taxpayer funding for abortions. She also referred to the decision to have an abortion as “a blessing”.
During the entire prayer, State Senator Jack Hatch and Rep. Tyler Olson, both of whom are running for governor, kept their heads bowed and eyes closed, joining in the group prayer.
The Iowa Republican transcribed a bit of the prayer, which goes on for quite a while:
“We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care.”
“We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare.”
“Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion.”
“Today we pray for the families who have chosen. May they know the blessing of choice.”
Here’s my favorite part, very obviously aimed at the pro-life demonstrators:
“We pray for women who have been made afraid by their paternalistic religion.”
Afraid? For feminists, they don’t seem to have much faith in women to decide for themselves whether to live as Christians and follow its tenets without fear forcing them into it. However, based on this prayer for blessings on abortions and the demand to spread it worldwide, I’d guess that they’re less interested in faith than they are in their own political agendas anyway.
July 25, 2013
First the Ayes, or those who voted to end the NSA’s surveillance activity. Republicans in roman, Democrats in italic, Independents underlined.
Brendan Sasso and Bernie Becker
April 23, 2013
Legislation that would empower states to tax online purchases cleared a key hurdle in the Senate on Monday after winning an enthusiastic endorsement from President Obama.
Senators advanced the bill in 74-20 procedural vote on Monday evening, just one vote short of the backing it received in a test vote last month. Twenty-six Republicans joined Democrats in moving forward with the bill.
The Senate will now begin debate on amendments. The chamber is expected to hold the decisive vote on the bill — known as the Marketplace Fairness Act — later this week.
April 9, 2013
Mike Martinez, the current Place 2 Austin City Council member who may become the next mayor, has publicly demonstrated his contempt for the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights.
In the video below, he promises to make gun confiscation – the ultimate and invariable result of registering and outlawing guns – a reality in Austin.
Emboldened by their authoritarian leaders in Washington and the White House, Democrats all over the country are coming out to denounce the right of Americans to own firearms.
Now that Mr. Martinez has shown his true colors and has proudly announced he is an avowed enemy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, Austinites need to make sure his plan to rob citizens of their birthright is not realized.
Mike Martinez needs to be run out of office. Austin needs to make sure he never sits in the Mayor’s Office on 4th Avenue.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm
It started Sunday night with Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love,” she wrote on her Tumblr. Then on Monday, Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) chimed in, and Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) announced that they no longer support the Defense of Marriage Act. All over the country, Democratic senators who have avoided the gay marriage question for years are suddenly coming out.
With the exception of Warner, none of these senators are considered potential presidential contenders in 2016. So unlike Hillary Clinton, they don’t have to worry about a national Democratic primary in which support for gay marriage will likely be a litmus test. What gives?
Like Republicans, they can read the polls. In the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, six in 10 Americans support the legalization of gay marriage, including 80 percent of those ages 18 to 29 supportive of gay marriage. Eight years ago, in 2004, just 41 percent of Americans in the Post-ABC survey backed gay marriage. That was the year 11 states banned gay unions by ballot measure — and spooked Democrats in the process. With the Supreme Court hearing arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage today and Wednesday, Democrats have decided that this is the moment for the history books. And they want to go down leading, not lagging.
“I think many of the Democratic senators coming out in favor of marriage equality have long records of fighting for equal rights and now see an opening to embrace a position that strengthens their commitment,” a Democratic strategist said.
Johnson and Rockefeller are retiring senators in red states. They aren’t concerned with reelection and are can think solely about their legacies. McCaskill is not up for reelection for another five years; she can bank with relative safety on gay marriage’s decreasing power as a wedge issue. Begich is in a trickier spot; he faces voters next year. But polling suggests that support for same-sex unions has grown faster in Alaska than in Missouri.
Warner, like Clinton, might run for president and needs to be in line with the Democratic base. While he’s also up for reelection in 2014, the political risk is not that high — a recent Post poll found that 49 percent of Virginians back gay marriage, including 54 percent of independents. Only 40 percent are opposed.
“Elected officials are always assessing what the condition on the ground in their states are, where the country is, and what the right thing to do is,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director for the gay marriage advocacy group Freedom to Marry. “I think it’s a really strong affirmation of where we are in this movement.”
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) might also play a role here. While his announcement of support for same-sex marriage has not led any other Republican lawmakers to step out, having a sliver of bipartisan consensus on the issue gives cover to moderate Democrats.
But more than anything, the rush to back gay marriage shows how successful same-sex marriage activists have been at framing this issue as one of basic rights. Even after Newtown, conservative Democrats have taken little heat for opposing gun control measures — it wasn’t a turning point many thought it would be. But for gay marriage, that point is now.
First Coast News
March 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A mandatory anger management program before you can buy ammunition? That’s what one Florida lawmaker who represents part of Duval County wants to see happen.
State Senator Audrey Gibson, a Democrat representing District 9, said she is surprised at the reaction the bill she filed Friday is getting. She intended the bill to reduce anger not cause anger, but she says her office has gotten phone calls not only from Floridians but even some from out of state.
Bill 1678 is two-fold. It would require a three day waiting period for the sale of any firearm, but what is stirring the most controversy is a requirement that would make it a crime to buy ammunition unless you presented a certificate showing you completed a minimum two hour anger management program either online or face to face. If it becomes law, you would be required to renew the certification every 10 years.
Senator Gibson says the shooting death of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis, who police say was shot after an argument that started over loud music, is what triggered her to file this bill.
“It’s just to get people to take a pause before they buy any ammunition,” said Sen. Gibson. “It helps people be introspective and make sure they even know for themselves what are the triggers, what are things maybe that really upset me and how do I respond to that? Do I grab my gun to shoot somebody because I’m upset about something? How much ammo do I need stockpiled in my garage or that spare bedroom in my house?”
The owner of St. Nicholas Gun and Sporting Goods store in Jacksonville said if bill is passed it would likely slow down his business, he thinks it would lead to ammunition being sold on the black market.
“It’s the stupidest bill I have ever heard. It’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s not going to help anybody. Most people get angry they don’t go out and shoot anybody. It’s common sense,” said Paul Rukab.
First Coast News