I’ll be honest: this is the best summary of the Birther movement I’ve seen in a long time.
Image is Facebook status which reads:

Ok i an not racist but obama needs to get the hell out of our country and in back to his he hasnt done shit but make alot of ppl mad and offended i want our religious right back butyou know he can do what he wants because i will always have god in my life and there is nothing he can do to take that away from of i love you god:)

(via Where’s the birth cert?)

I’ll be honest: this is the best summary of the Birther movement I’ve seen in a long time.

Image is Facebook status which reads:

Ok i an not racist but obama needs to get the hell out of our country and in back to his he hasnt done shit but make alot of ppl mad and offended i want our religious right back butyou know he can do what he wants because i will always have god in my life and there is nothing he can do to take that away from of i love you god:)

(via Where’s the birth cert?)

The Good Men Project recently posted a list of 100 nearly-coherent things a commenter left on one of their posts.  I’m going to respond to each and every one of them individually.  Because I can.

So this one.  Wow.  I don’t really know what to say.  I don’t do this.  But would it be wrong to admit it if I did?  Is thinking slurs against another person a crime against humanity?  Can a person really think things without those thoughts bleeding into their philosophies and actions?  Can we find a place to agree that some thoughts are wrong, while offering a path toward redemption instead of judgement?

I mean has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have healthcare. And booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are.

Quote Of The Day - Barack Obama

I agree.  We’re better than this, and it’s time we start showing it.  We need to be compassionate out loud!

ThinkProgress rounds them up:

Since the last SOTU, the economy has created 1.9 million private sector jobs. [Source]

• The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]

• Private sector job creation under Obama in 2011 was larger than seven out of the eight years Bush was president. [Source]

• The top 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of our country’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent owns only 7 percent. [Source]

• Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance. [Source]

• For every one job opening, there are four people looking for work. [Source]

• Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]

• 2.65 million seniors saved an average of $569 on prescriptions last year thanks to the Affordable Care Act. [Source]

• “In 2011, the United States killed Al Qaeda’s most effective propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki; its operating chief, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman; and of course its founder, chief executive and spiritual leader, Osama bin Laden.” [Source]

• Union membership is at a 70-year low. [Source]

• Unemployment benefits have lifted 3.2 million people out of poverty. [Source]

• The United States used to have the world’s largest percentage of college graduates. We’re now #14. [Source]

• One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]

• 47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]

• In the last three years, 30 major corporations spent more on lobbying than they paid in taxes. [Source]

• 50 percent of U.S. workers make less than $26,364 per year. [Source]

• More than one in 70 homes faced foreclosure last year. [Source]

• Since 1985, the federal tax rate for the 400 wealthiest Americans dropped from 29 percent to 18 percent. [Source]

If a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as part of their health plan, the insurance company -– not the hospital, not the charity -– will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge, without co-pays and without hassles.

President Obama, 2/10/12

Explains the Consumerist: The result will be that religious organizations won’t have to pay for these services, and no religious institution will have to provide these services directly. Let me repeat: These employers will not have to pay for, or provide, contraceptive services. But women who work at these institutions will have access to free contraceptive services, just like other women, and they’ll no longer have to pay hundreds of dollars a year that could go towards paying the rent or buying groceries.

Is the Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional? Greg Magarian, 5-Feb-2012

The Obama Administration’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has sparked political controversy at every stage of its consideration. Now the Supreme Court is preparing to decide whether or not the Act violates the U.S. Constitution. In particular, legal challengers argue that the Act’s “individual mandate” – its requirement that all U.S. citizens purchase health care coverage from private insurance companies – encroaches on the powers that the Constitution reserves to the states. The challenge has divided the federal courts. This talk will introduce the key constitutional concepts that frame the debate, evaluate their application to the health care controversy, and suggest how the Supreme Court may ultimately resolve the challenge. 

Greg Magarian is Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches and writes about constitutional law, with special emphasis on the First Amendment rights relating to freedom of expression, law and religion, and the law of politics. He has published widely and made numerous scholarly presentations in the United States and abroad. Professor Magarian received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D., as well as a master’s degree in public policy, from the University of Michigan, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. He served as a judicial clerk for Judge Louis Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

[Note: he erroneously refers to Medicaid as Medicare in much of this talk.]

Progress Made by President Barack Obama and His Administration:

  • The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) added gender identity to the equal employment opportunity policy governing all federal jobs
  • The Department of State revised the standards for changing a gender marker on a passport without surgery, making the process less burdensome for transgender people
  • President Obama signed the Byrd-Shepard hate crimes bill
  • President Obama signed the U.N. Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • President Obama appointed the first transgender DNC member, Diego Sanchez
  • President Obama conceived a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders, funded by a three-year HHS grant to SAGE
  • The Social Security Administration stopped it’s no-match letter policy
  • President Obama banned job discrimination based on gender identity throughout the federal government
  • HUD issued housing nondiscrimination regulations [with NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION]