Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

How Many Gays Must God Create…?

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No, that’s not the beginning of a joke.

Tuesday, Minnesota Representative testified in opposition to a proposed state constitutional amendment that would outlaw gay marriage. What he said during his opposition is being hailed as one of the simplest and best arguments yet in this great debate.

“How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves if he wants them around?” he asked.

Click below if you want to watch the video of Rep. Simon.

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Bin Laden Death Photos Will Not Be Released

The President has decided not to release death photos of Osama bin Laden, an administration official has told CNN.

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On This Day…

In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University. They killed four students and wounded nine others.

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Happy “Star Wars” Day!

May the Fourth be with you!

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Sunday’s Speech was Obama’s Most Watched

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More than 56 million people watched President Barack Obama’s address Sunday night announcing Osama bin Laden’s killing. It was the President’s largest TV audience since he was elected.

Pres. Obama‘s speech was on from 11:35 to 11:44 p.m. EST. An astounding 57% of all televisions that were on during those nine minutes were set to one of the 9 networks airing Pres. Obama’s address.

Via WSJ.

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DEA Confiscates Black Market Lethal Injection Drug

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The United States Drug Enforcement Agency has confiscated several states’ supplies of sodium thiopental amid concerns that the lethal injection drug was obtained on the black market.

On January 28, 2011, the only American company to manufacture the drug stopped production. Soon after, a Swiss company forbade distributors from exporting the drug to the United States. Then in April, the United Kingdom banned all exports of sodium thiopental, encouraging all states in the European Union to follow suit to cut off all supplies of the American lethal injection drug.

Most states are now left without a method of lethal injection. Ohio and Oklahoma are currently using a substitute.

Via Impunity Watch.

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What Bin Laden’s Death Means Politically

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Now that news of Osama bin Laden‘s death has circled the globe, we’ve all had time to reflect on what it means – and what it means politically.

In his first Presidential campaign, Barack Obama declared, “We will kill bin Laden,” but the terrorist leader’s name had come up less and less over time. Critics noted the change in rhetoric and decried the Obama administration as not devoting enough efforts to the war on terrorism.

On Sunday night, however, President Obama silenced his critics – by not addressing them at all. He used his address in the East Room of the White House to memorialize the victims of September 11 and call for national unity.

That isn’t to say that Pres. Obama did not tout his tactical victory: he declared bin Laden’s death as the most significant moment of the war on terror that was started by his predecessor, President George W. Bush. It was hard not to view bin Laden’s death as a victory for Obama and a defeat for Pres. Bush, whom bin Laden eluded for eight years.

Nonetheless, each President paid tribute to the work the other had done in ending bin Laden’s leadership of al Qaeda. After Pres. Obama called Pres. Bush on Sunday to tell him bin Laden had been killed, Pres. Bush issued a statement congratulating his successor and saying, “No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

Other prominent Republicans adopted a similar tone. “I don’t care about the politics,” said Ari Fleischer, President Bush’s press secretary. “This is great news for our country.” Tim Pawlenty and Peter King also issued congratulations to President Obama.

Bin Laden’s death comes at a time when the Obama administration is dealing with difficult questions regarding its stance in the Middle East. Before the announcement, Pres. Obama had also been facing very low approval ratings.

In the midst of this great recession, next year’s Presidential election is still likely to turn on the economy. However, it will be increasingly difficult is for Republicans to portray Pres. Obama as an international lightweight, as they have tried to do in the past.

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