As four Republican state senators, one by one, agreed to break with their party and cast a politically risky vote to legalize same-sex marriage last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and gay-rights advocates vowed to do everything in their power to protect them against political retribution. State Senator Stephen M. Saland, one of four Republicans to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, conceded to his Democratic opponent on Thursday.
"Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and gay-rights advocates vowed to do everything in their power to protect them against political retribution. State Senator Stephen M. Saland, one of four Republicans to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, conceded to his Democratic opponent on Thursday."
Suckers! Didn´t you learn anything from Lucy and the football?
A survey in 2012 indicated that only 2% of the population is gay and only 75,000 gay marriages have been performed since allowed is several states. Their political voting power is actually less than liberals would have you believe. Of course, they do attract the democrat vote, but probably not enough to be significant. It is a wedge issue, and republican candidates shouldn´t be hasty in believing the exaggerated numbers.
To put this all in perspective, an average of 2.3 million marriages are performed in the US each year. I don´t know what this all means, except maybe the noisy wheel gets the grease.
We conservatives give all these issues credibility by fighting about them. I don´t give a rip about Jack marrying John. It´s God´s job to sort out people´s choices, not mine.
If we claim to be a free country with our rights endowed by our Creator, this should be none of the government´s, or my, business. In fact, if we start treating each person as an individual for tax and "benefits" bestowed by the government none of this would matter to anyone.
I think we need to start ignoring government and all these divisive issues just like we ignore a child throwing a tantrum. Sooner or later they´ll just give up because no one´s paying attention to them.
The cure for this type of garbage is easily available to each and everyone in this country. The problem is the vast majority of people, including those in the so called Patriot groups, refuse to take the cure. Until such time as Liberty lovers quit making excuses and seize control of the classrooms, city hall, the courts and last but not least State Legislatures, all your complaining is wasted bandwidth. Remember this, DC is not a party to the Constitution, it is a creation of the Constitution, as such it has no say about what the Constitution means, it cannot Lawfully add to, take away from, or change the Lawfully delegated authority given to it. You delegate, it complies, that´s the TRUE LAW.
So, the social-conservative opposition had "an awkward side effect" of electing Democrats. We saw this awkward side effect on Nov 6th as well. Young people and many women are staying away from the GOP because its more homophobic segment.
I am happy that only 14% of Republican voters went for social-conservative Neil Di Carlo, but it was enough to throw the seat to a socialist. Was it worth it? Is the effort to keep marriage limited to heterosexuals worth having a Socialist like Obama in office? When the dollar collapses from the Socialists deficit spending, we can all look at our then worthless IRA´s and 401K´s and remember that many thought it was worth it.
These four RINOs have done more damage to New York than Sandy. Sandy´s damage can be repaired, destroying millenniums worth of human dignity in the sanctity of marriage can´t. Marriage isn´t a political institution. It is a procreation of the species successful strategy. But then again, homosexual copulation was never about the children, its about the hedonistic desires of adults.
It is another issue that the Democrats exploit. The social coercion that the left wing media conducts puts such pressure on one´s psyche to socially conform. It takes great strength of principles to not conform.
What numbers 11 and 12 said. Who cares who marries whom, it is between them and God. Lets worry about budgets, national defense, and the Constitution and let God sort out the social issues individually.
Grisanti (who turned his party affiliation from D-Rat into a RINO) campaigned for election in 2010 saying he´d vote against same-sex marriage, flip-flopped on the eve of the vote. He won re-election in 2012 due to redistricting in his favor.
#11, #12, this issue is not, and never was, about what two males or two females could do together "in their own bedrooms." Every conservative person I know says "That´s a matter of privacy. I´ll keep out of yours, you keep out of mine."
The issue is that legal pseudogamy is no longer private, because it leads by a short, fast route to a huge tangle of public issues, most related to the financial subsidy, and the forcible suppression of normal, traditional, and ethical disagreement.
That´s not something from my paranoid imagination. It´s already happening in every venue that has legalized this unfortunate parody of marriage.
Our decayed public culture can´t even affirm a child´s right to a mom and a dad. Legal pseudogamy opens all the avenues to the cultural penetration of our children with this troubling, disordered sexual ideology.
It´s also a question of democracy: we don´t want this. We don´t have to have it.
It´s not an ´awkward side effect´ to have Democrats replace these republicans. We understood what we were doing and think the state deserves what they voted for. Cuomo and Bloomberg can ´lament´ all they want. They haven´t lost anything, politically; they´ve gained 3 seats in the senate and they get to marry homosexuals and force the rest of us to live with it.
I am leaving this state as soon as my last two children are out of high school, God willing.
This is about religious freedom. Once these relationships receive the country´s seal of approval, religious organizations will be sued for not going along. It is for that reason that so many are fighting this. It is all about protecting the first amendment.
@#9: The Democrats eventually amke everyone a special interest group. They captured the black vote with welfare in 1965. They captured the gay vote with gay marriage, they captured the women`s vote with contraceptives and `women`s health issues` and they`re capturing the ignorant vote with free everything else. Meanwhile, the hapless GOP continue to twiddle their thumbs, tug on Superman`s cape and spit into the wind.
#14 has it right about social conservatives helping to elect socialist candidates, never worrying about the consequences. this is the problem with one issue voters, their emotionally driven much like children, cut off their nose to spite there face. I´m not trying to disparage people private views, but the demand the republican party be the anti sexual party goes against take government off my backs. The exception to this is pro life, as it´s really a life and death issue.
Who cares, right? Well make way for ´close´ inner family marriages, polygamy and bestiality. Oh that´s crazy. Over the top. Could never happen. Gee, this sham ´marriage´ thing is OK, because they are harmless and again, who cares? Well I just read an article about some of our new immigrants from the militant Arab world. They have a tendency to marry first cousins and the resulting genetic defects are just part of that deal. Anyone want to guess if they will be ordered to stop that? If first cousins aren´t a big deal what about within the immediate biological family. Advocates like Singer and others are serious about arguing FOR it. The group marriage crowd already has a media presence, so accept them! I´m not ruling anything else out because we are in a world where anything and everything is justified and if you object, YOU are the problem.
Susan Patton, the Princeton alumna who became famous for her letter urging Ivy League women to use their college years to find a mate, has been denounced as a traitor to feminism, to coeducation, to the university ideal. But really she’s something much more interesting: a traitor to her class. Her betrayal consists of being gauche enough to acknowledge publicly a truth that everyone who’s come up through Ivy League culture knows intuitively —
A New York hedge fund manager allegedly swindles $12 million from a prominent Baltimore family. An Indiana couple is accused of bilking hundreds of customers by charging for free trials of cosmetic products. A financial manager in Texas promises 23-percent returns but absconds with $33.5 million of his investors’ money in a classic Ponzi scheme.All three cases have one thing in common: money that ended up in offshore accounts and trusts set up in tax havens around the world.
Former News Corp president Peter Chernin has bid around $500 million for Hulu, the online video streaming service he helped create in 2007, according to two sources with knowledge of Hulu´s sale process. The website, jointly controlled by News Corp and Walt Disney Co, reached out to potential buyers in March after initially contemplating a deal in which one would buy out the other. It is not clear whether that transaction is still being contemplated.
After lengthy investigations, the Pentagon has determined that three Army generals committed misconduct in separate incidents, adding to an unusually long list of senior military commanders who have been censured over the past year.On Friday, defense officials confirmed that Army Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the commander of a strategic counterterrorism force on the Horn of Africa, was fired March 28 on charges of sexual misconduct. Two officials familiar with the case said Baker was investigated for allegedly groping a female civilian employee after he had been drinking.
The Obama administration appeared eager Thursday to downplay the North Korean military’s latest threat that it has the final authority to carry out “cutting-edge, smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear strikes on the United States.“This is just the latest in a long line of aggressive statements,” (Snip)the recent tension between Washington and Pyongyang “does not need to get hotter.”The remarks were the first public reaction from the Obama administration since Wednesday’s claim by the North Korean military that the “moment of explosion is approaching fast” with the possibility of war breaking out “today or tomorrow.”
President Obama´s biggest gaffe yesterday when speaking of California Attorney General Kamala Harris was not in flirtatiously complimenting her as "the best-looking attorney general," but in introducing an observation from the system of beauty into a forum that was about the system of power.What´s that, you say? Irin Carmon does a great job in Salon in laying out the bounds of propriety for when it´s appropriate to talk about a woman´s looks as a general matter. But I´ve long felt we lack a solid theoretical underpinning for easily discussing these issues, and why precisely it is that
Political scientist Charles Murray has never backed away from controversy, but usually his opponents have been liberals. Friday, however, he managed to upset conservatives at the annual conference known as CPAC, where thousands of bewildered Republicans gathered to figure out the way forward after their party’s 2012 electoral defeat. Murray ditched his prepared remarks on “America Coming Apart” in favor of an impromptu admonition to fellow conservatives to accept the legalization of both gay marriage and abortion.
VATICAN CITY—It took Jorge Mario Bergoglio four minutes to convince fellow cardinals he was their leader. Speaking in the Paul VI grand hall of the Vatican, the Argentine cardinal warned the Catholic Church against focusing too much on matters close to home—advice that came against the backdrop of a papacy that had been consumed by infighting among Vatican officials, a dwindling flock in Europe and secular trends in the West. The 76-year-old Father Jorge, as he is known back home, said Roman Catholicism needed to shift its focus outward, to the world beyond Rome—rather than being "self-referential," he said.
When President Obama gets to Jerusalem next week, one of the signals to listen for is an indication of what country he thinks he’s in. Normally this is clear when the President — any president — goes to the capital of a foreign country. He’s in whatever country the capital is capital of. But Mr. Obama has been refusing to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Not only that, but he has been refusing to admit that Jerusalem is even in Israel.
Approaching his first presidential trip to Israel, President Obama offered a fresh and foolish — if not feckless — assessment of the Iranian nuclear threat. "Right now, we think it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually deliver a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don’t want to cut it too close,” the President told an Israeli television interviewer, in the process cutting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off at the knees and giving the mullahs breathing room to keep enriching uranium.
I hope I´m not too late to the fight.Last week, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Paul´s stated reason for taking to the floor and talking for 13 hours was that the Obama administration wouldn´t give him a straight answer on the question of whether the president can unilaterally order the killing of American citizens on American soil with "lethal force, such as a drone strike … and without trial."
An unfortunate story on CBS New York Thursday carried this headline: "Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read." It´s a shocker, but it´s also untrue. And to make things worse, the story that followed was riddled with typos. According to the New York Post, which reported the same story earlier on Thursday, "79.3 percent of city public-school grads who went to CUNY’s six two-year colleges arrived without having mastered the basics" of reading, writing, and math, and had to take non-credit remedial classes to catch up.
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
If we learned anything about Barack Obama in his first term it is that when he starts repeating the same idea over and over, what´s on his mind is something else. The first term´s over-and-over subject was "the wealthiest 1%." Past some point, people wondered why he kept beating these half-dead horses. After the election, we knew. It was to propagandize the targeted voting base that would provide his 4% popular-vote margin of victory—very young voters and minorities. They believed. He won. The second-term over-and-over, elevated in his summer speech tour, is the shafting of the middle class. But
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."
Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey — whose most recent work includes the psychological thriller, “House of Cards,” about an unethical congressman — said in a recent interview that most Americans just aren’t grasping President Obama’s greatness. “President Obama will go down as having passed some of the most historic bills in the history of this country,” he said, in a recent talk with Hot Press magazine. “That despite constant knee-jerk opposition from the Republicans. A lot of people don’t realize how much he’s done in the most difficult circumstances.” Mr. Spacey is far less appreciative of Congress. “It’s maybe interesting