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July 19, 2012

Daily Kos: Republicans block Bring Jobs Home Act, protecting companies that outsource jobs

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 20:51

Daily Kos: Republicans block Bring Jobs Home Act, protecting companies that outsource jobs.

Burning and sinking word job in water surface over white as a result of the financial crisis.

Senate Republicans filibustered the Brings Jobs Home Act Thursday. The bill, which would eliminate incentives for companies to move jobs overseas and create incentives to bring jobs to the United States from overseas, was blocked by 42 Republicans; Scott Brown and Olympia Snowe voted with Democrats to advance it.

Under current law, companies can deduct the cost of moving people and equipment overseas from their taxes. S. 3364 would have eliminated that deduction, and created a new 20 percent tax credit for all costs associated with moving overseas jobs back to America.

According to The Hill, “Republicans were expected to support the ‘insourcing’ bill until Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was unlikely to include any Republican amendments.” Specifically, Republicans wanted to include an amendment repealing the Affordable Care Act. I’m thinking if their support for the Bring Jobs Home Act was contingent on getting a health care repeal vote, they didn’t really support bringing jobs home and were just trying to create an excuse to vote against it. As Reid pointed out, “It’s no surprise Republicans are on the side of corporations making big bucks sending American jobs to China and India. After all, their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, made a fortune outsourcing jobs, too.”

GOP Rep. Adds Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment To Defense Appropriations Bill| News | Towleroad

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 20:44

GOP Rep. Adds Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment To Defense Appropriations Bill| News | Towleroad.

GOP Rep. Adds Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment To Defense Appropriations Bill

SteveKingRepublican Rep. Steve King of Iowa today attached an amendment to a Defense Appropriations Bill that would ban not only same-sex marriages on military bases, but also orders military chaplains to steer clear of such ceremonies.

“The Defense of Marriage Act means this: Marriage means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. And the word ‘spouse’ only refers to a member of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. Pretty simple statute being contravened by the president of the United States as exercised through the Secretary of Defense,” King said of the President and the State Department’s position that same-sex marriages should be allowed on bases.

“This amendment prohibits the use of military facilities or the pay of military chaplains for being used to contravene the defense of marriage act.”

According to Politico, Democratic Congressman Norm Dicks of Washington called King’s measure “contentious and discriminatory.”

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Is Chick-fil-A anti-gay marriage? ‘Guilty as charged,’ leader says –

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 05:45

We have known this for years….so Ron and I and our friends boycott the business.  I refuse to give money to companies that disrespect my civil rights to be equal and treated as equal to everyone including them.   Hugs

Is Chick-fil-A anti-gay marriage? ‘Guilty as charged,’ leader says –

Is Chick-fil-A anti-gay marriage? ‘Guilty as charged,’ leader says

Chick-fil-A, anti-gay marriage?

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, who told Baptist Press that the chain is “guilty as charged” in supporting the biblical definition of family. (Chick-fil-A / July 18, 2012)

Chick-fil-A is “very much supportive of the family,” according to Dan Cathy, president of the popular fast food chain. That is, “the biblical definition of the family unit,” he said.

And that doesn’t include Adam and Steve, suggests Cathy, whose father S. Truett Cathy founded the Atlanta-based company.

In a new interview with Baptist Press, Cathy puts on the record what critics say his company’s actions have indicated for years. “Well, guilty as charged,” he said in the interview when asked about Chick-fil-A’s backing of families led by a man and a woman.

“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” Cathy said.

The chain, according to the report, has 1,608 restaurants, sales of more than $4 billion and employees who are trained “to focus on values rooted in the Bible.” Chick-fil-A’s across the country shut down on Sundays.

“We don’t claim to be a Christian business,” Cathy said. “But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles.”

Last year, protesters accused Chick-fil-A of supporting an anti-gay agenda with donations, which the company has steadily denied. The company could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

A report from LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters concluded that Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million between 2003 and 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. In 2010 alone, the company gave nearly $2 million to such causes, according to the report.

In Los Feliz, similar donations from the new owner of a beloved local health food store also stirred controversy this fall. After Peter Lassen bought the neighborhood Nature Mart, many shoppers began to picket and boycott the business.

Blogger Howie Klein summed up the reaction in a post, accusing Lassen, a Mormon, of donating tens of thousands of dollars toward “the anti-gay jihad.”

The post, however, also quotes Lassen’s niece defending the business: “We have a lot a gay and lesbian customers. We have nothing against them. To us, it is a moral issue, not a civil issue.”

But companies that embrace gay pride aren’t immune to debate. When Kraft posted a photo of an Oreo cookie with rainbow-hued filling last month, its profile on the social media site erupted in comments – not all of them flattering. J.C. Penney encountered similar resistance when it drafted lesbian Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman.

As for Chick-fil-A, Cathy said the company’s leaders “intend to stay the course.”

“We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,” he said.

William Dameron: A Gay Father’s Response to the Boy Scouts of America: You Haven’t Gone Far Enough

Filed under: opinion — Scottie @ 05:41

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William Dameron: A Gay Father’s Response to the Boy Scouts of America: You Haven’t Gone Far Enough.

A Gay Father’s Response to the Boy Scouts of America: You Haven’t Gone Far Enough

Posted: 07/18/2012 5:39 pm


My husband Paul and I conducted an informal survey of our five children the other day and found some shocking results. They are all straight. We were a little upset because we never had the opportunity to discuss sexual orientation with them before they came to this conclusion. 

I have it on good authority from The Boy Scouts of America that the discussion of same-sex orientation should happen in the family, perhaps with some spiritual advisers gathered round in the right setting at the right time. I’m not sure that religious figures sitting at our dinner table discussing same sex attraction with my children is a good idea, but far be it from me to question the moral values of the BSA. They have more than 100 years of shaping young boys minds under their belt and a record as squeaky clean as the Catholic Church.

But clearly, someone had breached the subject of opposite-sex attraction with my children. Otherwise, why on earth would the offspring of two gay fathers find this behavior normal?

This is why as a gay man, I support the Boy Scouts of America’s right to deny gay boys entrance as scouts and gay men as leaders. But I don’t think their discrimination goes far enough. As a gay father, I have the right to speak to my children about opposite-sex attraction before they ever hear anything about it out there in the big scary world. If we are going to be completely fair here, I think that heterosexual men and boys should be denied entrance to the Boy Scouts as well.

Back in the 1970s when I was an asexual teenage boy waiting for the parish priest to explain my options, I became a Boy Scout. There were just a few gay people in the world then, maybe 15 or 20, so all of the talk among the boys was about girls. I still remember the unofficial oath, “On my honor, I will do my best to help the Girl Scouts get undressed.” This is the type of thing we need to curtail. It’s time for us as parents to prevent our children from talking about sex, both same-sex and opposite-sex attraction, until we know they are damn well ready to understand it.

Now, the Girl Scouts of the USA have decided to embrace full equality and I say good for them. We all know that girls never talk about sex and if they do, it’s only because they need to give their pony a boy name or a girl name. I’m pretty sure the Girl Scouts are not creating a crop of campfire-singing, s’mores-loving lesbians, thank goodness. What we really need to worry about is a bunch of independent and confident women thinking they have control over their bodies. But that is the subject for another post.

When I asked my children who on earth had told them they were straight, they sheepishly examined their feet as if the answer was written between their toes. Then the youngest spoke up and said, “Dad, I have sort of always known I was straight.”

Kids — they think they know everything.

William Dameron’s personal blog is The Authentic Life

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