Thursday, July 24, 2014
Judge Raymond P. Moore struck down Colorado's gay marriage ban yesterday, however he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to appeal the decision.
Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced.Haters will appeal, but lose in the end.
Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court — though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Once folks start calling Tony out, he tried to clarify his statement, saying Michael should "absolutely" have the opportunity to play in the NFL.
Anywho, Michael was asked about Tony's foolishness and this was his response.
I have to share this geeky info with y'all. It truly takes me back.
Back in the mid-80s there was line of Ethnic Action Figures led by the hero, Sun-Man. Sun-Man was like He-Man. He was a great warrior and powerful due to his Black skin. His description reads:
“The Legend of Sun-Man continues… His magical melanin skin gave him unequaled, unlimited, and special super strength. Sun-Man’s skin could not be cut, burned, bruised, broken, pierced, stabbed, ripped, or removed so Pig-Head the evil wart, was plotting to smoke-out Sun-Man. He wanted to see if he could weaken Sun-Man’s powerful skin through the smoke from the drugs Pig-Head had just cooked up. But Sun-Man flies free, protecting the right for the Galaxy-Trefixa to exist in peace. His rap is clear: “Pig-Head listen, you’re bad luck. You won’t win, so just give up. Sun-Man is on the scene to stay. My good powers shall rule all the way! The Battle has just begun…””Sun-Man was created by Yla Eason in the mid-80s. She came up with this idea because her 3 year-old son didn't have any superheroes that looked like him. In fact, there were barely any Black heroes at all. Yla wanted these heroes to give some hope that Black people can be heroes too. So, the first line of Sun-Man came out in 1985.
Later in 1986, more action figures of color were released. We had Holographo, Space Sumo (Asian), Digitino (Latino) and Bolt Man (Native American). We also saw the first line of Black Super heroines for young girls. They were Butterfly Woman, Felina and Amandla.
The line was re-released in 1989 with new characters, they never saw the light of day. Then in 1990, a special edition of Sun-Man was released, very limited.
I always wanted these action figures. I thought it would've been a great edition to my Masters of the Universe toys. But they wasn't available in Wal-Mart or Gibsons (hometown store). You had to order them from Ebony magazine. I remember keeping the ad in my Trapper Keeper, hoping to get these toys for Christmas. But my Mama accidentally threw the form away. I was so hurt, because that was the only way I could get Sun-Man and his friends.
I got over it, but I always hope to see these toys again. Sun-Man was a great idea then and I believe, a great idea now.
The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection.
Two USCCB Chairmen – Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, Chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth – together issued the following statement.
Today’s executive order is unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed.
In the name of forbidding discrimination, this order implements discrimination. With the stroke of a pen, it lends the economic power of the federal government to a deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality, to which faithful Catholics and many other people of faith will not assent. As a result, the order will exclude federal contractors precisely on the basis of their religious beliefs.
More specifically, the Church strongly opposes both unjust discrimination against those who experience a homosexual inclination and sexual conduct outside of marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman. But the executive order, as it regards federal government contractors, ignores the inclination/conduct distinction in the undefined term “sexual orientation.” As a result, even contractors that disregard sexual inclination in employment face the possibility of exclusion from federal contracting if their employment policies or practices reflect religious or moral objections to extramarital sexual conduct.
The executive order prohibits “gender identity” discrimination, a prohibition that is previously unknown at the federal level, and that is predicated on the false idea that “gender” is nothing more than a social construct or psychological reality that can be chosen at variance from one’s biological sex. This is a problem not only of principle but of practice, as it will jeopardize the privacy and associational rights of both federal contractor employees and federal employees. For example, a biological male employee may be allowed to use the women’s restroom or locker room provided by the employer because the male employee identifies as a female.
In an attempt to avoid these needless conflicts, states that have passed “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” prohibitions have overwhelmingly included protections for religious employers. When the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by the President’s own party, passed the similar Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) last year, it included religious liberty protections as well. Indeed, all prior versions of ENDA had at least some religious liberty protections. But the executive order is an anomaly in this regard, containing no religious liberty protections. In this way, the order, which is fundamentally flawed in itself, also needlessly prefers conflict and exclusion over coexistence and cooperation.
Regarding federal contractors, the Executive Order will take effect after rules to be promulgated by the Department of Labor implementing the Executive Order become final. Regarding federal employment, the Executive Order is effective immediately.