The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III is the Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. During an address to his church on May 13th, Pastor Moss read a letter he had sent to a fellow clergyman who took issue with the President’s recent support of Gay marriage.
“Y’all my peeps (people),” she said, referring to the LGBT community. “I love you!” Queen performed for more than an hour, rocking the festival with her hits like “U.N.I.T.Y” and “Ladies First.” From the moment Queen told the crowd that she “has been waiting to do this for a long time”, it was clear that the event would be no ordinary. She later on added that she was “proud to be among her people”.
The 42 year old, Latifah thanked the crowd for their support and advised them to keep safe. Thank you to all my favorite peep guests who came out to support me. I appreciate it. I love you so much. Hope you had a beautiful time,” she said. “Y’all be safe whatever y’all get into tonight. Boys –- strap it up. Ladies –- strap it up.”
Aww, yay! Ok, I’m glad that she felt safe and good enough to come out!
I was afraid she was outed for a moment, but I’m so glad she came out on her own.
This makes me so happy!
Get it, Queen! I live a Latifah appreciation life.
Last year, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Wisconsin’s Republican legislature approved a law making it illegal for Wisconsin’s cities to require that businesses provide their workers with paid sick days. Milwaukee had crafted a law mandating paid sick leave for workers within the city, but Walker and Wisconsin GOP nullified it. A judge, in ruling that the state had the ability to preempt Milwaukee’s law, said “I don’t feel real good about how this happened politically.”
Louisiana’s legislature is now considering a similar bill to preempt local efforts at requiring paid leave for workers, as Half in Ten and the National Partnership for Women and Families noted:
S.B. 521, legislation that would take away Louisianans’ right to enact local paid sick days policies, is about to be voted on by the House — one of the last steps to enactment. Currently, more than 600,000 workers in Louisiana don’t have paid sick days, and if this bill becomes law, cities and parishes would lose the chance ever to put common-sense paid sick days standards in place…Louisiana already prohibits municipalities from setting their own minimum wage and can’t afford another anti-worker policy.
Last night, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in California ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional in a case called Dragovich v. U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Clinton-appointed federal judge found that DOMA violates the Constitution’s equal protections clause due to the fact that, along with a provision of the state’s tax law, it limits same-sex couples and domestic partners from fully participating in the California Public Employees Retirement System. This marks the first federal court decision on DOMA since President Obama announced his endorsement of same-sex marriage on May 9. Two otherjudges and a bankruptcy court have similarly ruled DOMA unconstitutional.
“The first two months have been tough for all of us. You do everything you can to fix it, and that’s it. I think it gets back to going out and trying to play a little bit more loose and focus on your job. I think we’ve got, including myself, a lot of guys that are going out and trying to carry the weight of the team, and you can’t play that way, and I think we’ve seen that. I think everybody is trying to pick up slack for what we may not be doing or guys we may be missing and all that, and that only seems to compound the problem. You put it behind you, but I think a lot of us just need to go out and play the game and have fun playing the game. You start pressing and you start trying to do things that you don’t need to do and it makes things worse. Charlie says it all the time. You do it because you want to, not because you have to. I think it’s hard when things aren’t going the way you want them to go, but that’s how you play the game, and ultimately it is a game, and I think that’s important to remember. It’s tough to do in places like this, where fans expect a lot, media expect a lot, players expect a lot, but I think it’s important to try and find a way to keep that in mind and try to go out and play that way regardless of your own expectations and everyone elses. You’ve got to get to just playing the game and enjoying playing the game.”—
Roy Halladay on the current state of the team
I think he stated everything well and honestly here.
The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that same-sex couples married in other states can be divorced in Maryland, bringing an end to a discussion that we wish didn’t have to happen to begin with.
The case began with a lesbian couple who were married legally in California, but split up eight months later. They filed for divorce in Maryland, where it was not clear whether their marriage would be recognized.
“Today’s unanimous decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals confirms that the policy of recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages that we have implemented in the Executive Branch is valid and consistent with the law,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “To treat families differently under the law because they happen to be led by gay or lesbian couples is not right or just. Today’s decision is another step forward in our efforts to ensure that every child is protected equally under the law. As a free and diverse people, the way forward is always to be found through greater respect for the equal rights of all; for the human dignity of all.”
Keep in mind: voters in Maryland will likely decide in November whether or not to ban marriage equality. This is an important step acknowledging that all marriages deserve to be treated equally.
Little by little, Hawaii’s iconic beaches are disappearing. Most beaches on the state’s three largest islands are eroding, and the erosion is likely to accelerate as sea levels rise, the United States Geological Survey is reporting.
“I can’t name a single Romney foreign policy adviser who believes the Iraq War was a mistake. Two-thirds of the American people do believe the Iraq War was a mistake. So he has willingly chosen to align himself with that one-third of the population right out of the gate,” - Christopher Preble, Cato Institute.
Bush-Cheney II? Neo-Cons in charge again? You know who to vote for.
Another Bush-Cheney?!? That’s like getting your ass whupped and asking the person that whupped your ass to whup it again!
Because, you know, I just sit on the couch not constantly looking for a job.
I hate this kind of bullshit!
So the Republicans were elected in 2010 by pushing jobs. Since they have focused on my uterus and browbeat struggling Americans while coddling the rich who continue to take jobs overseas, refuse to create American jobs, and strive to pay less than fair wages for the jobs they do have here. All the while hoarding money like Scrooge McDuck. This is not job creation. Calling me lazy while I break my neck to find employment as my husband fights for this country (and don’t think I’m not paying attention to them as they try to reduce vet benefits) is fucking bullshit. I’m so sick of these assholes refusing to acknowledge their staring role in this cluster-fuck that is high unemployment.
A marriage is a legal secular contract that two individuals have with the state which affords them basic rights they wouldn’t be able to attain otherwise. These rights are, but not limited to (as stated here):
“On May, 7, 2012, the Senate will finally finish dealing with the nominees left pending on the Senate floor at the end of last year. The Senate has yet to confirm a single nominee submitted by the president in 2012.
“During President Obama’s first term, current vacancies on the federal bench have risen by 43%. This trend stands in stark contrast to President Clinton and President Bush’s first three years, when vacancies declined by 57% and 60%, respectively.
“Nearly one out of ten federal judgeships remains vacant. Judicial vacancies are nearly double what they were at this point in President George W. Bush’s first term.
“As of May 7, the number of seats considered to be “judicial emergencies” will have risen by 70%, from 20 at the beginning of President Obama’s term to 34.
“The Senate has confirmed far fewer nominees at this point in President Obama’s first term than it had for his two predecessors in office. The percentage of confirmed district court nominees is at historically low levels…”
There’s lots more. The second point on the list above deserves special attention. For all their differences, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were able, during their first three years in office, to place many more judges on the federal bench than left or retired. Thus, the vacancy rate went down. Obama has been able to place many fewer. Thus vacancies have gone up. Also, as the report makes clear, both the Republican minority in the Senate and the Obama Administration bear responsibility for this problem. The Republicans have been more willing to filibuster nominees than previous Senate minorities have — and the Obama administration has been slower than George W. Bush or Clinton in getting nominees submitted to begin with or fighting the filibuster head-on.