In other words: Future conservative primary challengers will have to answer why they’re in bed with an SPLC-designated hate group

FRC Action PAC Pledges to Support Conservative Primary Challengers to Any U.S. Senator Voting to Overturn ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ During Lame-Duck Session

December 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FRC Action PAC, the political action committee connected with FRC Action, the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, announced today that it will endorse and fund conservative primary challengers to any U.S. Senator who votes to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” during the lame-duck session.

FRC Action PAC President Connie Mackey made the following comments:

“We are pledging today to endorse, and help fund, conservative primary challengers to any U.S. Senator who votes during the lame-duck session to overturn ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ FRC Action PAC will work to remove any U.S. Senator who would place liberal special interests ahead of the priorities of the American people.

“The U.S. Senate has twice rejected the overturn of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Despite this, Majority Leader Harry Reid continues with his obsession while failing to address the essential responsibilities of the federal government. As three of the four service chiefs have made clear, the men and women of the Armed Forces who are engaged in fighting two wars should not be distracted by Congress using them to advance a liberal social agenda. Using the Senate’s time in the lame-duck session to pay back his liberal political base is simply absurd and demonstrates once again Senator Reid’s misplaced priorities. Members of the Senate should refuse to become accomplices in helping Harry Reid advance his agenda over the American people’s agenda,” concluded Mackey. [Press Release Source]

2 out of 3 Americans support DADT repeal.

Game = on.

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Future R.I. Gov. Bullish on Gay Marriage

LINCOLN CHAFEE X390 (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL) | ADVOCATE.COMLincoln Chafee, the independent governor-elect of Rhode Island, is not going to be swayed by same-sex marriage opponents. Daily News

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Olivia Kickin’ Chipotle Glazed Time-Warner, Rebel Fighter From The Future, Wants You To VOTE On Nov. 2nd

Don’t let Olivia and Alfonso Petfinder dot Flavorblast down!

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Republicans Will Predict The Future On Thursday

The Republican Party will unveil its new "Contract with America" on Thursday, which is an exciting development because until then I really don't know what the GOP stands for, because Meghan McCain, Sarah Palin, and Christine O'Donnell keep telling me different things. Among the things to expect: "House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), for instance, has called for a two-year freeze in tax rates and a reduction in spending to 2008 levels. … Republicans have also pressed for repeal of the healthcare reform law, and for replacing it with new reforms. Some GOP figures have also called for repealing Wall Street reform."

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AZ Gov. Jan ‘SB 1070’ Brewer says no future debates for her (plus a poll)

If you haven’t seen the video, you’ll get a chance after this:

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is apparently done with participating in gubernatorial debates, because she is terrible at them. Per Jillian Rayfield at TPM:

Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has put the kibosh on all future debates with her Arizona gubernatorial opponent Terry Goddard (D), after her rather embarrassing display at Wednesday’s debate. “I don’t believe that things come out in proper context in an adversarial atmosphere,” she defended herself.

My follow-up question would have probably been, “What is the proper context for your statement, and I quote, ‘…'” in which the ellipsis represents twenty seconds of silent dumbfoundment, but that’s beside the point.

Here’s where you get to figure out the context: drunk, brain-fart, brain-dead or “overprepped”…

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Addendum: Our future selves would be embarrassed if we didn’t birth this post

All right, so we know we just covered her — but we simply must do one more little item on Jennifer Roback Morse. Because honestly, this quip that puts same-sex civil marriage all up in the procreation and reproductive technology argument, and that puts future equality activists in the “embarrassed” chair, is one of the oddest assessments of the fight that we’ve heard in a very long time:

*SOURCE: Jennifer Roback Morse [Ruth Institute]

I honestly think a lot of people in the same-sex marriage debate today who think they’re on the right side of history and that we’re on the wrong side of history, and we all are going to be embarrassed — I think that thirty years from now, if we go on like this, that they will be embarrassed, right? Because if you have a social norm that says anybody who can pay gets to do anything they want, ya know, think about it — the Dept. of Defense can pay. The Dept. of Defense has money. The pharmaceutical companies have money. Hugh Hefner has money. There are a lot of people who have money who can do what they want, and if the norm is that you get to manufacture other people for your purposes, we think it’s cool because as far as we know, every person has a child to love, but how do we know that’s going to be the purpose? I think this is a very dangerous areas we’re going into.

Okay, first and most obvious: Same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting is actually a different thing. Gays are not require to run to their nearest surrogacy center within an hour after saying “I do.” Believe it or not.

Also, gay couples are having children, independent from the marriage contract. This is a right that is happening all over the country, and one that has nothing to do with how the individual state or federal law recognizes the family. Other than, of course, to the family itself, for which marriage equality freedom would be a major step forward.

Plus, what’s with the major money factor and odd Hefer and Defense Dept. references? Yes, certain reproductive methods do get pricey. But they don’t have to. There are homespun options that costs, well — how much does a turkey baster go for these days anyway?

So while Ms. Roback Morse might think that her wholly reproduction-based arguments are the foundation for equality activists’ future red faces, the obvious reality is that this can and will only happen if something major occurs in this world which forces children to become a marital requirement, and then produces a society where a vast majority of the married gays create little farts that stink up American society’s collective dinner party. Otherwise, we’re fairly confident that the 2040 awkwardness will most fully lie with those who look back on their 2010 condemnations and realize how much time and money that they wasted trying to thwart a complete and utter non-problem.

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Wait, NOM doesn’t know that they’re the ones wrecking the GOP’s future? Weird. Everyone else does.

On “Top Chef,” the contestants are always talking about being thrown under the bus (i.e. being sold out by one of their fellow contestants). Well today, it’s Chef NOM who’s serving up a heaping slice of nonsense over a bed of victimization, coated in a warm B.S. drizzle, and it’s those cooks in the GOP kitchen who prefer a more moderate temperature who are supposedly spoiling the feast:

Prediction: after Mehlman announced he’s gay, you will see an increasingly coordinated campaign by certain GOP establishment elites to jettison the marriage issue, an issue about which the majority of Americans–and 80 percent of Republicans–agree.

GOP Elites Try to Throw Marriage Under the Bus [National Organization For Marriage]

Only thing here? It’s Maggie Gallagher and NOM who have been throwing marriage — and, by extension, the GOP’s identity — under the bus for the past decade or so! Forget circus peanuts: It’s gay people’s marriage licenses that Maggie and crew have been using to tease the elephant, getting the party off course of so many actual societal discussion, and trampling so much good will under the pachyderm’s considerable feet. And increasingly, we’re seeing how the gumbo makes Dumbo feel all of his first four letters.

If there ever was a bipartisan bus in this country that might’ve been headed towards a shared sense of progress, then “the fight to save marriage™” will surely go Images-1down in history as one of the most ignoble, wantonly divisive, cruelly obnoxious reasons for that bus’ derailing. Those Republicans who are making some sort of good faith attempt at unifying or at least getting us past the contentious conversation that surrounds this issue are the ones who are trying, to varying degrees, to wipe the “marriage wars” stench from society’s taint. They are not the ones leaving skid marks on marriage, history, and the Republican party!

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Dear future Americans with itchy bias bones: Discrimination never, ever, ever pays

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell expert (and all-around good guy) Nathaniel Frank sent us his new report detailing the costs that this unwarranted discrimination poses to military readiness, cohesion, morale, taxpayer dollars, privacy, and the military’s reputation in general. Not to mention advice regarding the relative trendiness of Uncle Sam’s hat, which, while not mentioned in Frank’s report, is an opinion well that would surely benefit from the fair inclusion of the population sect that’s more than proven its heightened concern and knowledge for haberdashery. There are wins to be had from head to wallet to combat boot!

Check it out:

(Scribd upload courtesy of Towleroad)


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BlogHer10 exhibit hall: I wasn’t lying – here’s the ‘tampon of the future’

I figure this post will freak out a good chunk of the readership, but hey, how often do I talk about feminine products in the coffeehouse? I mean it’s just an item that most pre-menopausal women throw into the shopping cart on a regular basis.

Tampon of the Future

Anyway, this was the item I was joking with Lizz Winstead about on Twitter yesterday, calling it a “tampon of the future.”

At BlogHer10, there are so many major vendors here, including a “Fox for Family” exhibit with a giant Great Dane posing with attendees for the latest Marmaduke movie, that it’s hard to figure out what’s blogworthy. So I picked what I thought was the most appropriate, unique and interesting one – the RepHesh booth, featuring its Brilliant tampons. (BTW, I’m not compensated for the post, other than the swag everyone receives for walking up).

So one of the women behind the booth came out to do her pitch; I mentioned my tampon of the future remark and she actually confirmed that for me – this is the first major change in tampon technology (boy is it bizarre saying that) since the 1920s. Why does that not surprise me? Just shove a rag up there.

Anyway, the big change is that each tampon is infused with natural active ingredients (L-lactide and citric acid). During your menstrual cycle your pH will shoot up to 7.4. These substances in the tampon help maintain the pH in your vagina at the normal range of 3.5-4.5. Basically, this means fewer “fun” things going on in that environment.

One of the funny exchanges while at the booth – the representative was hawking one of its other pH balancing gel products to use when Mother Nature isn’t calling. She says to me:

“It really helps out after all of that semen gets in you.”

I say:

“Well, I don’t have to worry about that.”

She says:

“Thank goodness, all that semen can be nasty to your pH.”

I was close to ROTFLOL on that one. No, this definitely isn’t Netroots Nation.
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