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Private institutions & gay concerns

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:40 pm - July 11, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Gay America,Gay Marriage

Unfortunately, I have a lot of little things to attend to in the next forty-eight hours, so will not be able to address the two items I consider in the post with the attention they deserve.  In the past twenty-four hours, via Yahoo! and Facebook, I read about private institutions addressing two concerns of the gay community, the first, a religious institution, the second a private business.

At the Episcopal General Convention,” reports the Associated Prsss

. . . which is divided into two voting bodies, about 80% of the House of Deputies voted to authorize a provisional rite for same-sex unions for the next three years. A day earlier, theHouse of Bishops approved the rites 111-41 with three abstentions during the church meeting in Indianapolis.

Supporters of the same-sex blessings insisted it was not a marriage ceremony despite any similarities. Called “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” the ceremony includes prayers and an exchange of vows and rings. Same-sex couples must complete counseling before having their unions or civil marriages blessed by the church.

Interesting that the church chose to bless same-sex unions without calling such blessings a marriage ceremony.  It may not be ideal for some, but clearly represents a step in the right direction.  (More on this anon; I hope.)

From a friend on Facebook, I learn of a gay couple reporting

. . . being verbally harassed and physically threatened at a Lowe’s home improvement store in Riverside, Calif. have been granted temporary restraining orders against the employees who allegedly attacked them. Jeremy Smythe, 29, and Daniel Soto, 35, have requested video evidence from Lowe’s of the incident and are considering a civil case against the store.

I think these men are wrong to consider a civil case against Lowe’s.  This is a private company; they should seek a private solution, asking the company to investigate the behavior and discipline/discharge the employees if said investigation reveals that they did indeed harass the clients. (more…)

Watcher of Weasels Nominations — Seven-Eleven(-Twelve) Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:21 pm - July 11, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions (more…)

Romney hopes “to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation”

Doing my mid-morning blog read and caught this in presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s speech this morning to the “annual NAACP convention in Houston”:

With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community, and to address the NAACP. Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.

Emphasis added.  Interesting that he chose to add in “sexual orientation.”  Good sign that he chose to include that expression.

Did newspapers’ negative coverage of Reagan cause Americans to lose confidence in their reporting?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:27 am - July 11, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,Random Thoughts

Please note the inclusion of this post in the “Random Thoughts” category. Last night, I caught links on Instapundit and Memeorandum to a Gallup survey showing that Americans’ Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low.

What struck me was not the headline number, but a chart just below showing that “25% of adults who express a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers is down slightly from 28% last year. Confidence in newspapers is now half of what it was at its peak of 51% in 1979.”  Note the area I circled in read showing when confidence in newspapers experienced its steepest drop.

Right at the beginning of the Reagan era.  Was it the negative coverage of the Gipper’s economic plan contrasted with its positive results that led to this sudden decline? (more…)

Another CA city helmed by Democratic Mayor Declares Bankruptcy

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:10 am - July 11, 2012.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,California politics

Last month, it was Stockton, a California city helmed by a a Democrati-backed Mayor.  Earlier today, Yahoo! reported that 

The City Council in San Bernardino voted Tuesday night to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, making it the third California city in less than two weeks to make the rare move.

The Southern California city of about 210,000 people will also become the second largest in the nation ever to file for bankruptcy. Stockton, the Northern California city of nearly 300,000, became the biggest when it filed for Chapter 9 on June 28.

. . . .

“We have an immediate cash flow issue,” Interim City Manager Andrea Miller told Mayor Patrick Morris and the seven-memberCity Council, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Wikipedia identifies Morris as “a member of the Democratic Party.”  Do wonder how that tidbit could have escaped the notice of the Associated Press, responsible for the article.