For the conservatives on the court it's a "State's Rights" issue and for the liberals it's a "Civil Rights" issue, but both those points-of-view could spell the end of the Congress-created Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (aka DOMA) as federal law.
Entries in Obama Administration (47)
When the DREAM Act died in Congress many feared of what would come of the thousands of children, many now adults, who unwittingly were not citizens when their parents brought them illegally to the United States. Many, not knowing their status until their mid-to-late teens, found pathways to careers and college closed as they lived in constant fear of deportation from the only home they've ever known. Circumventing Congress, the Obama Administration announced Friday they would stop deporting certain younger illegal immigrants who fit a specific criteria: those who were brought here at age 16 or younger; are presently age 30 or younger; have no criminal record; have been in the US for at least five continuative years; and have either a GED, a U.S. high school diploma or have served in the military.
Wednesday, in a historic moment, President Barack Obama came out for gay marriage in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts. President Obama would always say his views were "evolving" on gay marriage and gay rights, but it always seemed more like he was waiting on the public to "evolve." Under his administration he watched as the political environment became more favorable towards things like ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the military (which Obama did) and fighting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which under the Obama Administration the Department of Justice does not defend. And for the criticism that has come on the left, that Obama's words could have been stronger, as he's still left marriage up to the states, there's no denying the historic nature of this.
A federal judge in Florida declared President Obama's healthcare reform was "unconstitutional" because of something-something. It really doesn't matter. This was part of about 26 random state lawsuits against the bill ever since it became law. (The Federal government has argued that state's cannot just sue this thing away, but the ruling will get bumped up to the Supreme Court, so that should be fun.) I think the judge was arguing the landmark legislation wasn't legal because folks would have to sign on for the health insurance program in 2014, via the "individual mandate." Of course, based on this logic, folks should be able to declare their car insurance payments unconstitutional, but, believe me, if the government didn't require car insurance, a whole lot of people would be using that $50 to $100 per month State Farm payment playing online bingo and/or beer. But MANDATE! STATES RIGHTS! OBAMA-SCARE! FLORIDA! ALL-CAPS! (TheLoop21.com)
And that's not just for folks who have been unemployed since 2009 or longer, but folks who became unemployed this year and have now used up their 26 months of state-funded unemployment. In my latest post for The Loop 21, it doesn't matter if you've only been working for a year or 30 years, paying into the system. Your pain will be met with the indifference that only comes when perserving Bush Era tax cuts is more important than making sure people don't spend their Christmas holiday in a dark house (if they have house) with an empty fridge (if they still own a fridge).
By now you probably know that everybody's favorite Zulu Queen, White House Social Secy. Desiree Rogers has announced that she's leaving her post. It might have had something to do with those famewhores who crashed a party and made everyone miserable for weeks. While I'm sure Desiree will be all delicate, graceful and classy about her exit three months after those famewhores ruined EVERYTHING, I don't have to be.
Boooo! Hissss! The HATERZ won!
While Sarah Palin will always been on my list of "lovable Effie Whites who sing great renditions of 'And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going From This News Cycle,'" her penchant for starting fights for the sake of starting fights is grating as hell. Case in point, The Palinator thinks Rahm Emanuel should be fired for being a dick.
From Huffington Post:
The 2008 vice presidential candidate put up a Facebook post on Monday evening arguing that Emanuel's offending slur (in which he said that liberal groups thinking of running health care-related ads against Democratic lawmakers were "F---ing retarded") was no less the equivalent of using the "N-word."
One. What is with this woman and Facebook? Two. Seriously. This is how you choose to stay in the news? Picking fights with the resident potty mouth on Team Obama? Sarah, honey, you're supposed to pick fights with people BIGGER THAN YOU! I'm going to BET that on any given day of the week more American's can pick your perky, annoying ass out of line-up better than Rahmbo. Hell, most Americans don't even know his nickname is Rahmbo and he used to do ballet and he's missing part of a finger. I know these things because I am a NERD. A political nerd. I'm fascinated, mesmerized and oft annoyed by the Rahmbo. Most people are all -- Rahm who? Which one is based on the guy from Entourage?
But I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering for the longest you've been in a war of wits with a high school drop out who impregnated your daughter.
So everybody's mad at Obama, right?
The Great Hopemonger isn't moving fast enough. We aren't getting it like we want it when we want it and we want it right now -- Veruca Salt-style. We want the world. We want the whole world. We want today and we want tomorrow. We want it now. Health care? Gimmie that shit. Ending "Don't Ask Don't Tell?" What's the hold up? Gitmo? You're ruining my personal life while keeping me professionally in bidness, dawg. The economy? It's all kinds of effed up. Two wars and you got the Nobel Prize, son? Folks are confused. And everyone all day, every day, "What happened to that hope with a side o' change I ordered?" "He's drifting towards Bush!"
Um. Can we hit rewind repeat on that?
I don't know what bees Desiree put in folks' bonnets, but geez. Check out this exchange between White House Press Secy. Robert Gibbs and American Urban Radio reporter April Ryan. I mean, seriously, FAMEWHORES WHO SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS PARTY CRASHER-GATE is not that serious. Not in the "let's badger Gibbs like he's torturing some detainees on the front lawn" sort of way. The Secret Service screwed up. What's with this, Desiree upstaged the First Lady meme? RE: Ye olde, "Who dis heffa tink she is?"