The Supreme Court ruled this month that same-sex marriage could proceed in Idaho, a response to an appeal to a federal court decision striking down the state's ban. Otter has since spent $10,000 on outside attorneys to keep appealing. His fight on the matter has cost the state about $90,000 in total.
During Thursday's debate, Otter said his job is to defend "the entire Constitution," and that states should decide marriage laws, not the federal government.Apparently Otter is operating under his own version of the Constitution, one without the Supremacy Clause. Or he's betting that the Republican base he's trying to shore up to secure his third term in office next Tuesday will like his tough talk and come back to him. Because right now Otter is bleeding some Republican support to his tea party challenger and Libertarian candidate John Bujak. Embarrassingly enough for Otter, even Bujak is making more sense on marriage, telling Otter in the debate "That ship has sailed, you might as well be arguing about interracial marriage at this point."
Democrat A.J. Balukoff has been running on what's known in this economically depressed state as "Otter fatigue," and has made surprising inroads, thanks in large part to Bujak's presence in the race and an ongoing civil war within the state's GOP. A PPP poll a few weeks ago found Balukoff running just three points behind. He also blasted Otter last night for wasting the state's time and money on the losing marriage battle, telling him "Discrimination is discrimination, and it's also wrong."
The study, just published in the journal Social Science Research, finds this acrimony appears to be aimed specifically at blacks rather than also targeting Latinos. While that?s somewhat surprising, ?The findings suggest that, among conservatives, racial resentment may be a more important determinate of membership in the Tea Party movement than hard-right political values.?Your membership in the tea party may have stronger ties to anti-black racial resentments than any declared political values? How shocking! How unexpected! And so on, and so forth! [T]he researchers found racial resentment was a ?distinct factor? driving membership, one which was ?largely independent? from ideological concerns. ?Conservatives who were more racially resentful were substantially more likely to claim Tea Party movement membership,? they write. The caveat to all of this is that it is dastardly science, and the people who are out there wearing triangular hats complaining that Barack Obama is clearly the most tyrannical and out of control president ever insist that they have not suddenly discovered how oppressed they are and how mistrustful of presidential authority they should be because their president is now A Black Guy. That they just happen to also answer a series of questions about race in a manner that clearly demonstrates their hostility to black Americans is, they will insist, purely a coincidence.
We could extend this further and theorize that the tea party movement as embraced by the wider Republican party, and I don't think you can make any serious argument that it hasn't been embraced, is itself just an extension of the well-worn Southern Strategy. The election time concern over Obama's suspicious black preacher; the deep suspicions as to whether Obama was even an "American" or whether his citizenship itself was a fraud; his supposed secret Muslimness; the sudden alarm over government czars; the ongoing and ever-fruitless investigations into take-your-pick. The dominant theme of Republicanism over the last six years has been first and foremost that Obama must not be allowed to be successful, and that his mere existence in the office has brought about all sorts of intolerable "government tyrannies" that were not "government tyrannies" when the last president did them.
It's not just the theme of the tea partiers, but of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and the rest of party leadership, and Fox News, and the usual conservative publications that promise they've finally gotten over that whole business with segregation now so it would be wrong to hold that against them. Don't trust that guy, they say. He may be doing the same thing that all the other presidents have done, what with appointing people to positions and signing executive orders and giving speeches and the like, but when that guy does it he can't be trusted. He's not American "in his heart." He doesn't have America's best interests in mind. His "affinities" are more with Africa than with us, say the "conservative" pundits.
Where was I? Ah, yes. It turns out the movement that started as an old southern conservative white guy revolt immediately after the election of America's first non-white president sports racial resentment as a more important determinate of membership than any specific conservative issue or policy. Yes, yes, we're all shocked.
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Alison Lundergan Grimes,... which then launches into a more standard political tirade against Grimes. As Salon's Luke Brinker says, it's "hard to see the mailers as anything but a shameless suppress voter turnout." From the outside of the envelope suggesting that you are guilty of an "election violation" to the faux-official format and claims of "fraud" by the Grimes campaign, the McConnell campaign appears to be hoping that voters will mistake these mailers for "official" documents warning them against casting a vote for Grimes at all.
That's a desperate move. And it's apparently not beneath supposed GOP leader Mitch McConnell, which tells you a lot about how craven his party has become.
* Among registered voters, it?s wider: Hagan, 44.8 percent ? Tillis, 37.5 percent.
* Among all residents, it?s wider still: Hagan, 43.5 percent; Tillis, 35.5 percent.Among likely voters, like all other recent polling of the Tarheel State, everything is pretty tight.
Expand out to all registered voters, and you see that Democrats are over three points better. Again, that's something seen in pretty much all polling around the country?if our registered voters all turn out, we're in much better shape.
But we rarely get to see numbers from all adults, including those that aren't registered. And the results of this poll?a huge eight-point lead?should be no surprise.
In short, if everyone voted, incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan would be safe in this highly polarized, highly competitive state, and the numbers would look similar in virtually every tight race around the country. Heck, some non-tight races (like TX-Gov) would look much different with universal voter participation.
Fact is, we are the majority party, but that's no consolation when our core constituencies are the least likely to vote.
So rather than spend hundreds of millions in bullshit ads chasing the apathetic tiny fringe, why not spend it registering and activating our core constituencies? I'm talking a quarter billion dollar project to identify, register, and turn out our voters over the next several years.
And for those who think the money doesn't exist, of course it does. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that $3.7 billion has already been spent this cycle, and Democrats are probably a little less than half of that. So as Democrats close in on $2 billion spent, you mean to tell me that they and their allies can't scrounge up $250 million to make their lives a whole fucking easier come election time? Of course they could, if the will was there.
The DSCC's $60 million investment on field this cycle was a great start. But it can't just be a single-party committee, it has to be a movement-wide project. And if successful? Forget the Republicans, they'd be irrelevant, pissing away their money on ads that no one watches or pays attention to anymore.Sign up right now to make GOTV calls to Democratic voters in the toss-up states that will decide control of the Senate. I'm sorry, I can't make phone calls, but I will chip in $3 to Daily Kos to help fuel Get Out The Vote efforts. Too late to register people, but not too late to help get those "unlikely voters" to the polls.
Street harassment ?is absolutely a pervasive problem,? said May. She was not present at the shoot, but ?the video, as I understand it, was mostly shot in Midtown. They were also downtown in Washington Square Park, Long Island City, the Brooklyn bridge. The vast majority was shot in Midtown. The reason for that is that we have been mapping street harassment since 2010, and what we found after these four years mapping is that?s where most of the street harassment seems to be happening.?Mark your calendar! GOP schedules first presidential debate. Gack. Sign up right now to make GOTV calls to Democratic voters in the toss-up states that will decide control of the Senate. Wall Street climate-change protestors will use "necessity" defense. The day after, at least 300,000 protestors showed up for the People Climate March in New York City last month, several thousand showed up for a more militant but still peaceful Flood Wall Street demonstration. That target was capitalism for some, and for others the way capitalism is practiced now and how that affects climate change and the efforts to do something about it. One hundred were arrested for disorderly conduct, blocking the street and refusal to disperse. Most accepted a plea deal. But a dozen said no to that. They are pleading not guilty, so a trial will begin Dec. 8. They will be arguing the "necessity defense." Here's the group's media spokesman, John Tarleton: ?The harm being caused by Wall Street is so much greater than any harm done when people were sitting down on Broadway and Wall St.,? he told a small crowd.
The defendants will all face up to fifteen days in jail, and up to a $500 fine.On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Follow-up on EFF's "sneak & peek" warrant report. The privatized surveillance dodge. Today in "What Could Go Wrong?": CIA-Amazon cloud computing deal; "personhood" amendments; FBI's fake news page hack nab a suspect.
Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.
Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.
A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".
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Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.
Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit
Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate CrisisAnalysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement
The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.
The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.
Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.
Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia
Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.
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Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.
Some of the latest scientific research shows:Sea Level rising 60% faster than IPCC projectionsMethane and CO2 in thawing Arctic permafrost a climate tipping pointCollapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2Greenland Ice sheet suffers unprecedented surface meltIndian Monsoon more likely to fail as global warming acceleratesSouthern Ocean warming impact on Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability and sea level rise
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