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Damn. I mean, damn.
Throughout the interview, Brand repeatedly dodged Paxman’s efforts to trivialize his message — at one point Paxman literally called Brand a “very trivial man” — until finally, even the entrenched newsman appeared to relent against the rushing tide of Brand’s valid arguments.
Mr. Blount doesn’t have to go as far as Europe to ply his faux hayseed persona. He has only to head north. In ”I Don’t Eat Dirt Personally” (that title alone would make me buy the book), Mr. Blount is ”in someone’s chic salon eating arugula” when his dinner partner starts to press him on the alleged Southern habit of eating dirt, all her prejudices about the unspeakable practices down South yearning to be confirmed. Mr. Blount breezily complies: ”Hell, yes, we eat dirt. . . . And if you never ate any blackened red dirt, you don’t know what’s good. I understand you people up here eat raw fish.”
Hell, yes, this is your Friday Open Thread!
Susie Sampson’s yankee twin sister, Jackie, helps out during the government shutdown.
What’s that saying about never going full on something or other?
(Video courtesy of dixiegirlz.)
The country is open for business and so is this thread.
Wow! That’s terrific bunny …
(Worked fine for me on Sunday.)
Some people think that the system was underfunded: Donald Berwick, who administered the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2010 and 2011,says the site failed because they didn’t have enough money to build it from the start. Others point fingers at the Department of Health and Human Services, which took years to issue final specifications, preventing CGI from really getting started until this spring.
Either way, it’s clear that the site itself isn’t well constructed: IT professionals told the Wall Street Journal that in addition to specific pieces not working, the whole thing was “built on a sloppy software foundation,” potentially due to the haste with which code was written. Slate described just how difficult it is to coordinate multiple contractors creating different components of a complex Web portal.
Remember false memory syndrome?
Jonathan: Talk more about that. Why are you afraid of him? He’s taller than I am, but he’s barely bigger than I am.
Jackson: Size doesn’t matter. It’s what’s in his heart. He does not have the American people’s best interests at heart. He doesn’t respect the American people as a whole. There have been many veterans groups that asked to have meetings with him or come to the White House and have a picnic on the East Lawn and he said no. And at the same time, this was about two years ago, the Muslim Brotherhood had 1,000 of their people come to the East Lawn for a prayer session.
Capehart: The Muslim brotherhood had….?
Jackson: They had a huge gathering. They had prayer on the East Lawn of the White House. It was in the news.
Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) said on Wednesday afternoon that their female colleagues can take most of the credit for driving the compromise that is expected to temporarily reopen the U.S. government and raise the debt ceiling before Thursday’s deadline.
“Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily from women in the Senate,” McCain said after the bipartisan deal was announced.
This just hit my inbox. With Attorney General Roy Cooper’s earlier announcement regarding his support for marriage equality, this is going to make for an interesting and historic opportunity.
Buncombe County Register of Deeds Willing to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses; Requests Attorney General Review
Asheville, North Carolina. Monday, October 14, 2013
Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger will be the first government official in the South to seek approval to grant same-sex marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Reisinger will accept and hold same-sex marriage applications and push the question of equal marriage rights to the state’s chief legal adviser, Attorney General Roy Cooper.
“I will let each couple know that it is my hope to grant them a license, but I need to seek the North Carolina Attorney General’s approval,” Reisinger said. “I have concerns about whether we are violating people’s civil rights based on this summer’s Supreme Court decision.
The Campaign for Southern Equality notified Reisinger that at least six same-sex couples would request marriage licenses Tuesday. Reisinger will allow the couples to complete and sign their applications. He will accept the applications but withhold his own signature.
“I will then let the Attorney General know that I would like to issue these couples licenses, but that I need his clarification on the laws of the state that seem to contradict the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution,” Reisinger said.
Tuesday will be the first time same-sex couples have requested marriage licenses from Reisinger since the June 26 Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
This fall, we are traveling North Carolina with the WE DO Campaign, standing with LGBT couples as they request marriage licenses in their home counties. We are actively seeking a Register of Deeds who will issue a marriage license as an act of conscience.
Our tour is bringing us home to Asheville next week, as we join local LGBT couples at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15. This will mark the fourth time that Carol McCrory and Brenda Clark have requested a license. Together for 25 years, Brenda and Carol have said they will keep going to the counter until they are served. We’d love to have supporters stand with them and other couples. Come to a Family Dinner on Monday to learn more and get trained for Tuesday’s action:
When: Monday, 10/14 | 6 – 7:30 PM
Where: Friendship Hall, First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak Street, Asheville
Note: Please bring a dish or beverage
So far this fall, we’ve been in Madison, Forsyth, Guilford, Henderson and Mecklenburg Counties. In Henderson County, Mary and Carole (pictured here) requested a license after 40 years together; they were denied, but, surrounded by 80 supporters, sent a powerful message that people are calling for full LGBT equality in Henderson County. Read about our action earlier this week in Charlotte here. Upcoming WE DO actions are scheduled for:
- October 15: Buncombe County
- November 1: Transylvania County
- November 4: Cabarrus County
- November 22: Rowan County
- Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
Executive Director, Campaign for Southern Equality
A few “government shutdown” stories about WIC recipients in North Carolina having nothing to feed their children but beans and Voila!, embattled DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos suddenly finds money to “fully fund” the program after North Carolina was the first (and only) state in the country to pull the plug on WIC. The Charlotte Observer called it “another head-shaking first for our state.”