Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas today voted to uphold ethics rules that prevent public officials from voting on matters where they have a conflict of interest. Meanwhile, Clarence Thomas still refuses to recuse himself from Supreme Court cases where he stands to directly benefit from the results of the ruling.
So, you think Anthony Weiner should resign, do you? You think what he did warrants calling for him to step down?
You do? Well then, you’re an idiot. What Weiner did was practically nothing compared to what goes on at Capitol Hill.
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I think it’s time for a federal law to crack down on this. Misuse the authority given by wearing a badge and spend a few months in prison thinking about the badge you no longer have the right to wear. It’s sickening.
Sarrah Abdelrahman, an Egyptian activist, blogger, revolutionary, veteran of Tahrir Square and overthrower of dictators, asked a question on Twitter earlier today: “Is there a gay rights movement in #Egypt?”
Some of the replies were what you would expect and probably sound familiar to any gay rights activist in America, such as (paraphrasing) “not that I know of,” “this is not the right time,” “there are more important issues,” “no, it would be used against us on other issues” and, inevitably, one guy who said “I’d support lesbian rights, I love to watch girl on girl!”
There were a few (a very, very few) responses I would say were positive.
Unfortunately, the mild responses were a tiny minority. The overwhelming majority of the replies to the question were truly cringe-worthy, at least to my eyes. I’ve compiled a list of some of the worst responses, along with a couple of the more positive responses.
Now just to be clear, you’d see the same sort of hate and bigotry from any random group of Americans on the subject of gay rights, although I would think there would be an equal or greater number of positive responses to balance it out. This is by no means a comprehensive survey of all Egyptians, just a small sampling of opinion from people all following the same person on Twitter. Still, considering the tone of these responses, I don’t think I’d want to live in Egypt right now if I were gay.
I have just found what has to be one of the top 20 most pathetic, petty things I’ve ever seen.
While reading the entry, I found an odd sentence:
“it is included in nearly all Linux distributions, despite some resistance.”
That piqued my curiosity, so I followed the citation which led to an old Debian Linux bug report. What I read there made me facepalm literally.
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Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
If I am ever faced with a life or death situation, I hope I prove to be half as courageous as the young man in this picture.
This just transpired on the Twitter machine:
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