Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) married his longtime partner Jim Ready in a small Saturday ceremony in Newton, Mass. on the banks of the Charles River.
Back in 1987, Frank was the first member of Congress to reveal himself as openly gay. Now he’s the first member of Congress to wed a same sex partner. He has served in the House since 1981 retiring at the end of his term.
Frank, 72, and Ready, 42, met at a 2005 fundraiser.
Barney Frank wedding photos, everyone. :)
I’m sure this has been posted before, but I just fucking love it.
MoJo’s resident military expert looks at the kerfuffle over military moms breastfeeding in uniform. And gets all cultural studies on your ass.
Also, he outlines other uniform no-nos. You can’t pump gas in fatigues? And pushing a pram is “unmilitary”? Whew.
The United States’ treatment of migrants is in violation of international law, said human rights group Amnesty International in a new report released today.
AI’s report cited the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other documents that the United States has signed and endorsed:
I am a white, middle-class, male, 40-something. white collar, family man, a son of immigrants, former military, patriot, and raised Catholic. I have voted Republican in almost every primary and election since I turned 18. That means I voted for Reagan, Bush, Dole, and Bush. Last election I was so disillusioned with you, I voted for Obama. This year neither one of the main candidates will get my vote, and let me tell you why.
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We have allowed it, we’ve welcomed it. Our laziness has always pushed us in the direction of the easier choice. Until reason kicks in and tells us that perhaps society won’t view us as highly if the lazy option is taken. Motivation through societal consciousness, it’s a real thing, but you’re lazy, because you’re distracted. Diverted. Misdirected towards the consumerism that drives the gluttony that is the lifeblood of industrialization, the recklessly managed capitalist-inspired globalization. Because you have to consume. It’s the culture, a culture based on petrochemicals, and overindulgence. Oil is in everything around you, from your medicine, to the plastic all around, it’s what drove the American dream, and propelled phenomenal technological innovation. But the tragedy is in the design. Capitalism, socialism, communism, are all created with the flaw of not accounting for finite resources; the fundamental principles and guidelines for the organization of our societies incorrectly assume an ever-growing and ever-plentiful access to energy.
Human laziness gives birth to faith, and allows it to overtake reason. Faith is easy because it absolves us of critical thought. Faith cushions the believer with confidence that the worshipped is an agent of their best interests. Faith is a creation of the powerful to continue the belief in an ideal that clever people shouldn’t accept; its principle tool is emotion, and the elicitation of emotional responses to cloud reason-based judgement. Faith is dangerous, and detrimental to progress.
How have we let oil and its by-products define Westernization, without accounting for its depletion? Why do automakers continue to create combustion engines when alternative, zero-emission technologies have existed since 1842? (You shouldn’t have faith that I’m telling you the truth, verify my claims for yourself) Why are humans incapable of long-sighted action to thwart the externalities of the poor decisions made by our predecessors? Perhaps because it’s easier to forget about the problems of others and continue allowing ourselves to be distracted. Distraction trumps action.
According to the official United Nations climate data, if we don’t adapt quickly enough and stay below a 2.0C rise in global average temperature, we cannot ensure the survival of the majority of the people on this planet. And we sure as hell are not adapting fast enough. You know it, but it’s a problem for the governments to solve, isn’t it.
Revolution is overdue. Revolutions achieve. We’ve been coaxed into thinking that civil unrest is unpatriotic, yet if you believe that a nation should be a reflection of the citizenry, the citizenry must exert itself to the forefront of the political arena. The birth of the military industrial complex facilitated nations in the pursuit of the interests of an elite, to the detriment of the citizenry, at an unprecedented scale. Fortunately, when the awareness finally spreads, anger and frustration will surely be packaged into the final deal that liberates the consumer from the shackles of “civilized society” to return the consumer to the original model: the citizen.
Atheism in America
Godlessness is the last big taboo in the US, where non-believers face discrimination and isolation.High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with
Point, Texas (pop. 792) is not the easiest place for a single lesbian to raise her child. But neither her sexuality nor her unwed parenthood are enough to make Renee Johnson an American conservative’s worst nightmare. As she explained to me when I met her at Rains County Library, “I’d rather have a big ‘L’ or ‘lesbian’ written across my shirt than a big ‘A’ or ‘atheist’, because people are going to handle it better.”
We had met in a private room because Johnson worried that anywhere else in the town, people might overhear us and be offended by her godlessness. No wonder she often feels alone in her non-belief. But Johnson is far from unique. As I found out when I travelled across the US last year, atheists live in isolation and secrecy all over the country. In a nation that celebrates freedom of religion like no other, freedom not to be religious at all can be as hard to exercise as the right to swim the Atlantic.
“We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives. The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not. Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair. Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities. It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics - anyone’s politics. Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve. We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.”
“i’m just a dreamer, but i’m hanging on
though i have nothing big to offer”— The Tallest Man On Earth, “The Dreamer” (via so-treu)