— Mike Rawlings, mayor of Dallas, on no new Ebola cases in five days.
I have a great idea. Let’s send 3,000 American troops who are not medically trained into an area infested with Ebola and then bring them back home. What could possibly go wrong?
Still, someone has to help and that’s what America does. Can you imagine any other country doing something like this? Me either.
Very worrisome, though.
Obama slams the GOP as the party of billionaires at $32,000 a plate fundraiser hosted by a man named Rich.
Sometimes comedy writes itself.
I think the Republicans will win the Senate, rendering Obama entirely ineffective for his last two years in office.
It’ll be just like his first six years in office :)
— Joseph Heller, Catch-22
— Richard J. Daley, mayor of Chicago, during the riots that took place there in 1968
So I’m reading the paper, see, and it’s an article about all the great success we’ve been having overturning the stupid gay marriage bans. State by state they’re getting struck down, as I’m sure you’ve heard. Even my state’s ban (South Dakota) is working its way to inevitable and correct doom.
But the ban has been upheld twice in Nebraska. What the fuck? Upheld? And you wanna know something else? It’s one of the most far-reaching, draconian bans of them all. The article was telling the story of a couple who had married legally in Iowa, right next door to Nebraska. Two ladies, with a young son, who had been together for years and then finally got hitched when Iowa legalized gay marriage (one of the first states to do so, by the way). Like many, even most, married couples, they wanted the same last name and one of the ladies took her partner’s.
Anyway, fast forward a few years, and the family made a move, for career reasons, to Nebraska, which, as I pointed out in the title, is an asshole. They were there awhile and it came time for the lady who had taken her wife’s name to renew her driver’s license. Well, they wouldn’t let her. They insisted that she do it under her maiden name, which, legally, was no longer her name, so they wouldn’t let her even do that. In Nebraska, her VERY NAME was illegal because she was gay.
Think about that.
Then, to top it all off, she finds out that she has no legal rights to her own son, who is, biologically, her wife’s offspring. So, like, God forbid, if something happens to her wife, she very well could lose her son, simply because she’s gay—and, of course, the kid could lose both his parents, simply because of their gayness.
100 miles east of where she is living, none of this would be true. Isn’t that weird?
What part of love your neighbor as yourself do these fuckwads not get?