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Three masked men broke into the home of a woman in Lincoln, Nebraska, bound her hands and painted slurs in her house and carved them on her body because she is a lesbian. They doused her house in gasoline, but attempts to burn it down failed. Investigators are treating the incident as a hate crime and the community has rallied behind the victim. In a climate that demagogues homosexuality this kind of attack is the tragic consequence.
It’s about to get really ugly in Minnesota conservative circles. Michael Bordkorb, former Republican staffer for the Minnesota State Senate has sued the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Senate, and Secretary of the Senate alleging he was discriminated against as a male staffer because he was fired after his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was discovered. Brodkorb is claiming at least $500,000 in damages and, to prove his claim that he was treated differently because of his gender, will conduct discovery of other known or alleged affairs between elected officials and female staff. Somebody start the popcorn.
Just in time for the GOP convention in August, a Tampa Bay strip club has hired a Sarah Palin impersonator who I’m sure is going to make a killing with delegates.
More details from the tragedy in Aurora have emerged, including the fact that three of the victims died protecting girlfriends.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $150 million in new funding to battle the world HIV pandemic.
We know what News Corp. has done to the political process. Can you imagine what they would do in the classroom?
The day after the NCAA announced historic sanctions against Penn State for perpetuating a climate where children were sexually assaulted for years, a Catholic Church official gets sentenced to 3-6 years for his role in the church’s sex abuse cover-up.
The explosion in anti-choice legislation coincides with the flood of dark money in our electoral process. Any coincidence?
Despite the fact that the population continues to increase, birth rates in the U.S. are down slightly. So of course Republicans freaked out and blamed women and their damn ambition.
In case you missed it, here’s one of the loveliest tributes to Dr. Sally Ride you’ll read.
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