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Monday, December 26, 2011

Reading Around

Dec 26th, 2011

We're taking a little more time to relax over the next few days but we figured you might still want to rake some muck.

Cheers and Happy Holidays.

The Ron Paul "newsletter scandal" continues to grow. Good reads HERE, HERE and HERE.

While this year saw a majority of Americans supporting gay marriage for the first time and an even larger percentage backing the repeal of the Pentagon's DADT policy, the most dramatic sign of how much the LGBT community has achieved came in the form of a kiss, photos and video of which went viral. Another step forward.

Regrettably, it didn't take long for the spittle-dribble crowd to push back. In related news, Michigan's despotic Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a prohibition against any state agency using funds for domestic partner benefits. Another step back.

The GOP is rallying around a call to return to the Bush Era's utterly discredited "abstinence only" education programs.

Check out Occupy This Heart, a great tumblr run by a friend.

Montanans are pushing to recall their Senators over their support of the 2012 NDAA.

The EPA has finally issued what everyone seems to insist on referring to as "new standards" for mercury emissions at America's power plants... 21 years after they were called for by law under the Clean Air Act.

Fundraising for the notorious Ark Encounter theme park is not going very well.

The battle lines are being drawn in South Carolina between the Department of Justice and the GOP's war on voting rights. Which makes it a good time to remind everyone of what the real threats to fair elections are, examples HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Josh Holland has a fairly righteous rant about the GOP's continuing flirtation with conspiracy theories and phony science.

Lastly, Chicago Magazine profiles the alliances between city council candidates and street gangs in the run up to this year's election.

Sleep tight.

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