DOMA - historical perspectives and insight into the actual law

In the last few days there has been a diary, and comments in another thread speaking about the defense of marriage act.

Part of it is ignorance of LGBT fights in Congress, and part of it is the simple fact that some supporters take whatever their candidate states as the absolute truth and only way to frame an issue.

more after the jump

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Obama Campaign Wants Disenfranchisement

State Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit, said a mail-in caucus "is clearly the wrong path.

"We don't like it one bit," Hunter said. "It disenfranchises people who need to participate and there are many questions with regard to security."

Hunter said the Obama campaign will accept nothing but a 50-50 split of Michigan delegates between Clinton and Obama, who removed his name from the January ballot here in protest of the early date.

Hmm... if that doesnt smell like disenfranchisement, then I do not know what does.

I can understand objections to a mail in vote, but 50/50? Come on. Is Obama's camp feeling the heat because a mail in will allow more people to vote than a caucus will?

more at tpm

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsm emo.com/2008/03/report_obamas_michigan_c ampaig.php

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Obama camp cracking?

Well - New kind of politics my ass!

Another sign of the anger in Obamaland at the Clinton campaign: an email from a member of Obama's LGBT leadership council, Maxim Thorne, to a couple of listservs:

"We cannot tolerate her lies and stolen election," Thorne wrote of Clinton, revisiting familiar themes:

   At 3am, Hillary said she and Bill were in bed and she knows of all the calls a President gets at different times of the day and night. Really? So much involvement - so much togetherness. Where was she when Monica was having sex with Bill? 35 years of experience? When he was intimidating Katherine Wiley and Paula Jones? Where was the judgment on the cattle futures and white water. Do we forget Mark and Denise Rich? This was an impeached President who lost his license to practice law. He committed perjury. They settled with Paula Jones for the full amount of her lawsuit. I haven't forgotten and none of us should.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 308/Obama_backer_Clinton_lies_and_stolen _election.html

UNHINGED!

UPDATE: Maxim Thorne has resigned. FYI - I posted this right as class ended, and just got back home.

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Help override the torture veto!

Today (March 11), the House is planning to hold a vote to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would prohibit the CIA from torturing detainees and prisoners. If this vote fails, President Bush and his allies in Congress will be sending a message to the world that we as a nation condone the use of torture by our agents.

On behalf of your country and its reputation around the world, please take a minute to urge your U.S. representative to override the president's veto. Just click on this link to get started:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/216 5/t/1027/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=23638

Then, use the American Freedom Campaign's tell a friend option -- which will appear automatically after you send your email to your U.S. representative -- to encourage friends and family members to add their voices to yours.

Within hours, this vote will be over. So please take action as soon as possible.

Here is a little more background about the bill:

On February 13, following the lead of the U.S. House, the Senate gave final approval to the "Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008," which included a provision forcing the CIA to follow the interrogation and detention standards set out in the Army Field Manual. The Army Field Manual is more restrictive than the law under which the CIA currently operates under "the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005" which more generally prohibits "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment." The manual expressly prohibits waterboarding detainees, forcing prisoners to perform sexual acts, and many other objectionable interrogation "techniques."

On Saturday, March 8, President Bush vetoed the bill. He issued this veto despite the fact that many current and former military officials urged him to sign the bill. Even Gen. David Patraeus, the commanding general in Iraq, asserted that the techniques outlined in the Army Field Manual work effectively and humanely in eliciting information from detainees.

What kind of a nation have we become? Are we going to accept the inhumane actions of our commander in chief? The answer must be NO Please send an email to your U.S. representative right now by clicking on the following link:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/216 5/t/1027/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=23638

Thanks so much for joining me in this effort.

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Tomorrow - Guantanamo Anniversary

Tomorrow is the 6th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo bay to house detainees.  There are a series of events, protests, prayer vigils around the country this week.

http://www.aclu.org/safefree/detention/c loseguantanamo.html

Also - here is a clip of Hillary regarding Gitmo.

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CIA TAPES

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge refused on Wednesday to delve into the destruction of CIA interrogation videos, saying there was no evidence the Bush administration violated a court order and the Justice Department deserved time to conduct its own investigation.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy was a victory for the Bush administration, which had urged the courts not to wade into a politically charged issue already being investigated by the Justice Department, CIA and Congress.

The Kennedy opinion take a bit of a swipe at Gonzales, noting that a presumption of regularity in the investigation

"is especially warranted with respect to the newly appointed Attorney General and Department of Justice lawyers."

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new Clinton ad in S.C.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is releasing a 60 second radio ad in South Carolina with Oprah's mentor, and good friend, Maya Angelou.  

In the add, Maya Angelou states:

"Each generation of African Americans stands on the shoulders of those who came before. Today, the challenges facing us threaten the dreams we have had for our children. We need a president with the experience and strength to meet those challenges."

I think Maya Angelou will resonate more with African American women in their 40's and older.  And while either campaign would be stupid to attack either Oprah or Maya, its a lot easier for MSM and newspapers to bring up questionable Oprah tactics (Union issue) than it would be to go after Maya Angelou.

Either way, the Clinton camp isn't ceding the black vote while the Obama camp is trying to get the Clinton women vote.  Things are getting very tight indeed!

OK adding this

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act blue hiring legal in house counsel

Hey all, I received this not-your-average-job posting from another listserv and thought it looked interesting. Just an FYI

ActBlue
Democratic campaigns and committees. We're laying the groundwork for
aggressive targets in 2007-08: massive growth of our fundraiser
network, increased outreach to thousands of state level campaigns,
Since 2004 ActBlue has sent more than $30 million to over 2,000
and raising $100 million for Democratic candidates and committees.

To reach those goals we're seeking comrades-in-arms, so to speak --
super-sharp people who share our political goals, our commitment to
rock-solid dependability, our impatience with inefficiency, and our
commitment to serving as an honest broker for all Democratic
campaigns.

We are extremely selective in who we hire. You'll be working with a
close-knit team in a rather free-wheeling environment that rewards
initiative. Political or campaign experience is often helpful, but
not a requirement.

Position: Staff Counsel
Reports to: Executive Director
Responsibilities:

* Research of campaign finance laws and regulations at the federal,
state and local levels, with the goals of
- Ensuring ActBlue's compliance with all relevant laws and
regulations
- Expanding the jurisdictions in which ActBlue may operate

* Development and implementation of legal strategy to expand the
states in which ActBlue may operate

  • Administrative and regulatory Advisory Opinions
  • Advocating for legislative change

* In the service of the above, cultivating relationships with
election offices and local campaign finance attorneys

* Ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, including

  • Campaign finance filings at the federal and state level
  • IRS filings
  • State business filings as necessary
  • Campaign finance disclaimers and disclosures

* Responding to legal inquiries and complaints

* Assisting Communications Director by analyzing legal implications
of public statements

* And other tasks as necessary

You must be licensed to practice law in at least one U.S.
jurisdiction. (A license to practice in Massachusetts is desirable,
but not required.) No specific campaign finance experience required.

The positions is full-time in Boston. To apply, please send a cover
letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to
jobs@actblue.com

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Yet another Union endorsement

Hillary Clinton today picked up two endorsements, one from Robert F. Kennedy, JR. and the other from another Union.

The Amalgamated Transport Union is the largest union of transit workers in North America, which includes 180,000 members.

The Union president released this statement:

"Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to deliver the change that America's working families need," said International President Warren S. George. "She has a deep commitment to rebuilding the middle class and addressing the pocketbook issues that most matter to our members."

Clinton now has the backing of 9 national unions including:
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
International Associations of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Transportation Communications Union
National Association of Letter Carriers
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
American Federation of Teachers
the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers.

Combined they include over 4 million people.

Clinton's response to the endorsement showed that she is a fighter for middle class workers.

"I am honored to receive the support of the men and women of the Amalgamated Transit Union," Clinton said. "When I'm President, America's working families will again have an advocate in the White House."

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Republican debate drinking game

OK -- i know this really isnt diary worthy, but have some friends over, we're going to watch the debate and play a drinking game (no one is driving).

Every time Reagan is mentioned 1 person has to drink, same with 9/11 and a different person, and the third (me of course) will drink every time Hillary is mentioned (if its not as much as the other two, will throw in the other dem candidates).

we're going to try to keep track, but will most likely forget.

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